Maria Schneider faces summary judgment motion in Google Suit

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Google and YouTube are formally seeking summary judgment in their high-profile courtroom showdown with Grammy-winning jazz composer Maria Schneider.

This latest development in the years-long legal battle comes just days after YouTube released a strong response to the lawsuit along with several counterclaims against a former plaintiff (but not Maria Schneider).

In short, the marathon case started in 2020, when Schneider claimed, among other things, that the Google-owned video-sharing platform denied him (and other creators who lack “weight economic”) full access to Content ID – thus exposing his works to recurrence.

As mentioned at the start, the defendants are now pushing for summary judgment against Schneider, a new filing has revealed, with a formal request for the corresponding order expected to arrive Oct. 13.

Prior to this official request, however, YouTube on 30 Pages took on several elements of Schneider’s lawsuit, which it says is “without merit for a myriad of reasons.” The first of these concerns the alleged “inappropriate deletion of its copyright management information”, which YouTube maintains it was in any case authorized to perform under a general license with the professional’s publisher. music, Modern Works Music Publishing.

“Schneider also accused YouTube of improperly removing CMI [copyright management information] that she claims to have been buried in the metadata of videos uploaded by other users to YouTube,” the legal document read in part. “But Schneider has refused, despite repeated requests, to identify the alleged CMI or the videos allegedly containing it.

“Schneider cannot prove that YouTube intentionally removed CMI, much less that it did so knowing (or with reason to know) that such removal would foment infringement,” the statement reads.

On the counterfeiting front, the defendants indicated that two licenses, the aforementioned framework agreement with Schneider’s publisher and “a license in the YouTube TOS”, authorized him to use the works in question. Additionally, the platform’s terms of use would prohibit “many of Schneider’s claims.”

Finally, YouTube and Google expressed the belief that “hundreds” of the copyright infringement claims noted by Maria Schneider are barred under the video-sharing giant’s terms of service and copyright law. author herself.

Regarding the alleged inaccessibility of Content ID, the petition states that “since 2014, Schneider, through its publisher, had access to YouTube’s Content ID and used it to identify uses of his works on YouTube”, in addition to being allegedly “aware of the offer of third-party services”. Access to Content ID. »

At the time of this writing, Maria Schneider does not appear to have addressed the motion for summary judgment. on Twitterand it remains to be seen how Pirate Monitor, the previously highlighted former plaintiff against whom Google and YouTube are pursuing counterclaims, will respond to the situation.

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