Viacom files Lawsuit against Google’s YouTube

Viacom files Lawsuit against Google’s YouTube

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Viacom claims that YouTube has almost 160,000 video clips that are unauthorized and violate the copyright owned by Viacom and claims that these clips have been watched more than 1.5 billion times. Viacom is seeking $1 billion for copyright infringement they are also seeking an injunction to stop YouTube from playing their material on their website.

Google feels that they have not done any harm. According to Information Week report, Google officials said, "We are confident that YouTube has respected the legal rights of copyright holders and believe the courts will agree."

This isn’t the first time that Google has experienced the debate of copyright infringement. Before YouTube, the company also had issues with Google News and Google Book Search.

Google purchased YouTube for $1.65 billion last October. There have been rumors that $500 million dollars were set aside when Google bought YouTube to fight any copyright lawsuits.

While Viacom is looking at Google as a copyright infringer with YouTube, others argue that since YouTube is a media service and not a broadcast medium that they are not violating the copyright.

It could be difficult for Viacom to win this lawsuit because of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act “safe harbor” protection. This is a shield for online service providers from any liability for the actions of their customers.

Other major networks have partnered with YouTube and feel that it can be helpful in promoting themselves. Because Google has financial wealth, critics say that Viacom is eager to cash in if they can, they wouldn’t have likely pursued a lawsuit before the purchase by Google.

YouTube users are feeling hurt by this, and have asked for a boycott of Viacom television shows. They feel that the clips are short in duration and they have a way of sharing what they like as viewers.

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By Best Syndication Staff

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