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Did that strategy work for any music startup?



it worked for youtube/google


You mean the same youtube where the Viacom sued them for videos uploaded by employees of Viacom [1]?

[1] http://consumerist.com/2010/03/viacom-youtube-throw-legal-pu...


... and Google bought them and made the team millions of dollars? Yeah, that YouTube.


Yes, the same Youtube that sold for $1.65 billion several years before an unsuccessful lawsuit.


How is that relevant?


It's the whole principle behind DMCA, isn't it?


I don't think the DMCA envisioned hosting providers that are specifically designed for infringement.


> I don't think the DMCA envisioned hosting providers that are specifically designed for infringement.

In order to keep their immunity, an online service provider must "not receive a financial benefit directly attributable to the infringing activity." The provision clearly targets hosting providers that are designed for infringement, indicating that they did envision that.




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