The late Richard M. Weaver famously described private property as the “last metaphysical right.” By this he meant that private property rights have intrinsic value apart from their social utility and necessarily rest upon concepts such as honor, responsibility, and hard work. Nowhere is this observation truer than in the intricate realm of intellectual property, which concerns the creation and ownership of original ideas.
Washington Legal Foundation recently filed a brief in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York urging it to reject an interpretation of a federal law that would effectively grant blanket immunity to website operators who tolerate and profit from copyright infringement. The case, Viacom International, Inc. v. YouTube, Inc., is sure to have nationwide implications for copyright holders, recording artists, and content producers. Continue reading “Online IP Rights and Much More at Stake in Suit vs. YouTube”