Dailymotion has been ordered to pay out over €5.5 million to Italian broadcaster Mediaset as compensation for 995 copyrighted videos uploaded to its site since 2006 without authorisation.
A Rome Court also condemned the French video portal to the payment of almost €100,000 in legal costs.
In his ruling, the judge stated that “Dailymotion is perfectly aware of the fact that most of the material disclosed on its platform is covered by copyright”.
He also imposed a penalty of €5,000 for each day of delay in canceling the videos, a penalty that will be automatically applied in the case of any future uploads on the platform of unauthorised Mediaset material.
Mediaset also said that seven other legal actions are underway against Dailymotion that could result in a total compensation of more than €200 million.
The court ruling followed a legal process that lasted more than six years, which was initiated, according to the Italian broadcaster, only after unsuccessful warnings (dating back to 2010) issued to Dailymotion of the violations in progress.