Dailymotion fined for hosting film clip

Web site to pay director, producer, distrib

PARIS — French-based video file-sharing site Dailymotion has been ordered by a court in Paris to pay damages for hosting a film on its site without permission.

Dailymotion, which has been at the center of litigation in several recent cases involving unlawful dissemination of video content, was ordered to pay a symbolic Euro 1 ($1.38) to helmer Christian Carion for posting a clip from his drama “Merry Christmas.”

The site was ordered to pay the film’s producers Nord-Ouest Euros 13,000 ($17,914) and distributors UGC Euros 10,000 ($13,780).

The Court of First Instance in Paris also demanded Dailymotion publish the full ruling on its website for eight days and that the company remove the film excerpt immediately, or face penalty of Euros 1,500 ($2,067) per day.

The website is considering lodging an appeal.

Dailymotion recently started using a content filter from U.S.-based content management provider Audible Magic to prevent copyrighted material from being posted without prior permission.

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