YouTube may have lost a court case in Germany a few months ago, but this week in France they had a big win. The French court system, The Tribunal de Grande Instance, sided with the online video site saying that it had made adequate efforts to cut TF1 content. TF1 is the largest television company in France and took Google to court in hopes to win $176 million in damages. However, the courts ruled in favor of Google, and TF1 will be paying all of Google's court costs.
In the German courts, Google may have lost the copyright case, but it was given status as a hosting platform, which is something that was also agreed upon in the French case. Google is now appealing both the German court case as well as a case in the United States court system. Viacom has sued YouTube in the United States, and the case is moving towards a possible jury selection to hear the case.
Copyright laws are different in all countries, and Google is hoping to find a way for everyone to get along. The company has paid money to various artists for the content that has been used on YouTube. Google's Christophe Mueller said, "It's good to put this behind us," referring to the French case. "We hope that this will allow us to move on and do more constructive partnerships around the world." Only time will tell if partnerships will grow or visits to courtrooms will grow instead.