Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak misplaced his lawsuit in opposition to YouTube over movies that used his picture to advertise a bogus bitcoin giveaway.
YouTube and its mum or dad, Google LLC, are protected by the federal legislation that shields web platforms from duty for content material posted by customers, a California state decide stated in a tentative ruling Wednesday.
Wozniak argued in his lawsuit that Part 230 of the Communications Decency Act shouldn’t apply as a result of YouTube not solely didn’t take away the fraudulent movies, however “materially contributed” to the rip-off by promoting focused adverts driving site visitors to the movies and falsely verifying the YouTube channels that carried the movies.
Santa Clara County Superior Court docket Choose Sunil R. Kulkarnia stated these components weren’t sufficient to beat the immunity offered by Part 230. The decide gave Wozniak 30 days to attempt to revise his criticism.
The rip-off movies touted Wozniak because the host of a dwell giveaway, with the promise that anybody who despatched in bitcoins would get double the quantity again. The scheme additionally used the names and pictures of different tech celebrities, together with Microsoft Corp. co-founder Invoice Gates and Tesla Inc. Chief Government Officer Elon Musk, in keeping with the go well with.
The case is Wozniak v. YouTube LLC, 20CV370338, California Superior Court docket, Santa Clara (San Jose).