Google insulated from users’ copyright violations by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

A U.S. District Judge rejected Viacom's infringement claims over Google's allowing the posting of clips from "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," "South Park," and other programs, agreeing with Google that they and YouTube were protected from such copyright infringement claims by the "safe harbor" provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a law that limited the liability of online service providers for copyright infringement actions on behalf of their users.