The Southern District of New York has issued a widely anticipated decision in the Viacom v. YouTube case, specifically, summary judgment in favor of YouTube. For those unfamiliar with this case, Viacom sought $1 billion in damages for YouTube’s contributory and direct copyright infringement. Viacom alleged that YouTube had actual knowledge of general acts of infringement on its video upload service. In rebuttal, YouTube contended that it could not be held liable for contributory copyright infringement (or direct copyright infringement) because it removed infringing content from its website when notified of specific offenses by content holders. Further, YouTube also adopted a policy to ban users from the service after three offenses.