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CEA Applauds New York Court Ruling in Copyright Suit


Arlington, VA – The following statement is attributable to Michael Petricone, senior vice president, government and regulatory affairs, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, in response to today’s ruling by a New York court rejecting Viacom’s appeal of its 2007 lawsuit against YouTube:

“Today’s ruling is a win for Internet freedom and the innovation ecosystem. In this ruling, the Court rightly recognized the importance of safe harbors established under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, without which many Internet-based businesses would not be viable.

“YouTube is part of the fabric of daily life for millions of lawful Americans. It offers exposure to new and upcoming artists, and provides content owners with a vast promotional and advertising platform. We urge the content industry to cease its litigation against YouTube and other new technologies, and embrace the innovative products and services that Americans want and enjoy.”

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The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $209 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online: and Follow CES at and through both CEA and CES social media channels.


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