A U.S. judge dismissed some damages claims in a copyright infringement lawsuit against Google and YouTube.com but left open the possibility that non-U.S. based rights owners could seek damages for live broadcasts, if they prevail.
A group of sports and music copyright holders, led by the UK Premier League, had argued that foreign works were exempt from any registration requirements under the U.S. Copyright Act. But the judge ruled that damages are not available for any foreign works that were not registered in the United States, except those that fall under a “live broadcast exemption” in the Act.
As most breeches in this case are for live events it still leaves open the possibility of major damages being awarded.