YouTube has won its legal battle with Viacom. In a statement posted at the YouTube blog on Wednesday, Kent Walker, Google’s VP and general counsel, announced the court’s decision and linked a copy of its summary judgment.

The court ruled YouTube was protected by the safe harbor provision of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) against copyright infringement claims. In other words, YouTube was found to have gone through the steps required by the DMCA to properly deal with the copyright infringements of its users. In fact, the court said it believes the case shows the DMCA notification process “works efficiently” and pointed to YouTube’s quick removal of about 100,000 of Viacom’s videos.

Viacom brought suit against YouTube in March 2007 alleging the video site of “massive intentional copyright infringement.” It sought damages over $1 billion.” YouTube's brazen disregard of the intellectual-property laws fundamentally threatens not just plaintiffs but the economic underpinnings of one of the most important sectors of the United States economy,” Viacom said in its complaint.

“This is an important victory not just for us, but also for the billions of people around the world who use the web to communicate and share experiences with each other,” wrote Walker. “We’re excited about this decision and look forward to renewing our focus on supporting the incredible variety of ideas and expression that billions of people post and watch on YouTube every day around the world.”

“We believe that this ruling by the lower court is fundamentally flawed and contrary to the language of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the intent of Congress and the views of the Supreme Court as expressed in its most recent decisions," read a statement from Viacom. "We intend to seek to have these issues before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit as soon as possible. After years of delay, this decision gives us the opportunity to have the Appellate Court address these critical issues on an accelerated basis. We look forward to the next stage of the process.”