Viacom sues Google for more than $1B!

March 13, 2007

After lengthy negotiations over copyrighted clips on YouTube, Viacom has hit Google and YouTube with a lawsuit accusing the popular video-sharing Web site of “massive intentional copyright infringement” and seeking more than $1B in damages.

The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York states that nearly 160,000 copyrighted clips of Viacom’s programming have been available on YouTube and that these have been viewed more than 1.5 billion times.

This seems like another disgruntled media giant trying to force Googles hand into coming up with a proper way to share revenue. I can’t see the case resulting in Google paying out, however it could result in a takedown notice being issued for all the offending clips.

If Google don’t get some form of copyright protection out the door along with an attractive revenue sharing scheme this could get very messy for GooTube as other media owners joing the current lawsuit bandwagon! This is the first really clear example of the troubles YouTube could bring to Google, all cases so far have been minor and easily settled, this one could be a little more tricky.

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