Google’s fair use victory over the Authors Guild is the company’s second recent copyright victory. Way back in 2007 the English Premier League and others sued YouTube for copyright infringement after it displayed highlight clips of EPL matches and other uploaded videos. What started with a 39 page complaint filed on May 4, 2007 ended with a stipulation to dismiss the case filed on November 7, 2013:
Pursuant to Fed, R. Civ. P, 41(a)(1)(A)(2), all remaining plaintiffs, through counsel, hereby stipulate to the dismissal with prejudice of all their claims asserted in this action, with each party to bear its own costs, expenses and attorneys’ fees.
The dismissal came months after the plaintiffs were denied class action status. The story is in the Guardian. So, the case ends after 6 years or so and 461 docket entries. Win or lose, the lawyers get paid.