By Sarah Koester | 17 March 2017 14:27:59One of the biggest concerns that most internet users have is whether or not their content is being shared in the first place.
The vast majority of websites are hosted on servers run by Google, which has been accused of being a key part of the problem, particularly as more companies are moving to using Google’s infrastructure to host their own content.
This has been the case for several years, with Google’s domain name system being used by companies like Netflix, Reddit, and Tumblr to host videos and other content.
However, in a recent lawsuit, a German internet company named Tucows has accused Google of infringing copyright on its own intellectual property by using its domain name to host copyrighted content on its servers.
According to the complaint, Tucows’s service hosts video clips hosted on YouTube that were uploaded by its users.
Tucows claims that the video clips were illegally distributed via its service without its permission.
“By allowing these copyright infringing content to be shared on YouTube and other video sharing sites, Google is effectively acting as a copyright infringer and violating the copyright law by infringing Tucows user’s rights,” the company wrote in a statement.
“In fact, the entire content is still available for viewing on YouTube.”
While this isn’t the first time Tucows have filed copyright claims against Google, this is the first lawsuit brought by a German company against the search giant in more than a decade.
“The lawsuit has the potential to have a chilling effect on internet users, who can now rely on the information on their own websites to identify, contact and sue people or companies,” Tucows wrote.
“Tucows is confident that the court will uphold the verdict and uphold Google’s copyright monopoly.”
Google has been under increasing pressure to crack down on copyright infringement on its services, particularly when it comes to videos.
Last month, the company also launched a crackdown on video sharing on its YouTube video platform after complaints about copyrighted content were raised.