YouTube Gets Dinged by Brazil

January 4th, 2007

I have previously posted on Youtube’s pending overseas problems, as well as the problem with notice-and-takedown rules for copyright violations in the user-generated content world. Apparently, the ex-wife of soccer star Ronaldo was filmed having sex, and copies of the video made it onto YouTube. Reuters reports that the plaintiff, Daniela Ciccarelli, demanded that YouTube remove the video and that YouTube did so, but users promptly re-uploaded it.

The court’s most recent ruling was that YouTube must shut down until it is able to comply with the demand to remove all copies of the video, though Reuters dryly notes that enforcement of the order in US courts could be difficult.

I doubt Google has a great deal of concern that YouTube may actually be forced to shut down. At the same time, it is conceivable that YouTube could face sanctions in Brazil for failing to comply with the order. Add in the Japanese issues and a pattern seems to be in the making. At a certain point the collective weight of overseas litigation seems likely to go from headache-inducing to big trouble. It will definitely be interesting to see how matters unfold.