Viacom Sues Google, YouTube for $1 Billion

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Media giant Viacom is seeking a $1 billion settlement against Google alleging that the Internet company negligently allows its copyrighted videos to appear on its video- sharing site YouTube.

Viacom filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York. The media giant claims that more than 160,000 of its videos have been posted on YouTube and that they have been viewed more than 1.5 billion times. “YouTube is a significant, for-profit organization that has built a lucrative business out of exploiting the devotion of fans to others’ creative works in order to enrich itself and its corporate parent Google,” said Viacom in a statement.

Viacom negotiated with YouTube to try and reach some sort of agreement, similar to the ones YouTube has negotiated with companies like NBC, CBS, Sony BMG and the Universal Music Group, but those talks ceased in February. Viacom subsequently asked YouTube to remove all Viacom videos.

In addition to the $1 billion, Viacom is seeking an injunction against Google to prevent the internet company from allowing further copyright violations. Viacom has not suggested how prevention would be possible.

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  1. […] Executives in the entertainment and Internet industries met yesterday at the Digital Media Summit in Hollywood to discuss the future of digital media. As expected, media conglomerate Viacom’s bombshell $1 billion dollar copyright lawsuit against Google-owned video sharing site YouTube dominated Tuesday afternoon’s panel discussion of online video sharing. […]

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