Viacom brings the hate

Viacom brings the hate

Summary: Today Viacom brought a lawsuit against the popular Google property YouTube for $1 billion dollars in damages, citing that the website intentionally violated its copyright. The claim states that YouTube has hosted nearly 160,000 unauthorized clips of their programming.

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Today Viacom brought a lawsuit against the popular Google property YouTube for $1 billion dollars in damages, citing that the website intentionally violated its copyright. The claim states that YouTube has hosted nearly 160,000 unauthorized clips of their programming.

I'll be writing more about this later as more facts become available, but in the meantime, here's a rundown of news items about the site:

CNET - Basic news item with other good links to previous stories

Bloomberg - Also mentions Mark Cuban's lawsuit against them and has some good quotes form Eric Schmidt

TVWeek.com - Decent back story on the Viacom takedown orders

TVOver - More excerpts from the Viacom statement

Personally I think Viacom is doing the whole iPhone/Cisco/Apple tactic of trying to get a stronger negotiation standpoint through filing a lawsuit. What do you think?

 

 


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  • Could Be

    You could be right. Because otherwise, they are shooting themselves in the foot. This is the kind of thing people really don't like, and why would they patronize the people who do such things? There is a communications war going on right now. For a long time now certain corporations have been trying to gain a monopoly on communications which really is an attack on Democracy. That and an obscene greed which drives it, is certainly the main factor in all this.
    ZenaPrincess
  • Gimme Gimme Gimme

    "it's all about me" ...
    lmenningen
  • I'm going to boycott

    I already don't watch TV, but when I notice a Viacom logo on a billboard, that advertiser ceaaes to get my custom.
    epcraig