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Viacom blasts YouTube with billion dollar lawsuit

March 14th, 2007 · No Comments

Viacom has sued and Google for a billion dollars, claiming intentional copyright infringement. Viacom says that nearly 160,000 clips from its shows have been posted unlawfully on the site, which have been viewed upwards of 1.5 billion times.
The media giant goes on to assert that YouTube’s business model is illegal, stating that its strategy “has been to avoid taking proactive steps to curtail the infringement on its site, thus generating significant traffic and revenue for itself while shifting the entire burden of monitoring YouTube onto the victims of its infringement. This behavior stands in stark contrast to the actions of other significant distributors, who have recognized the fair value of entertainment content and have concluded agreements to make content legally available to their customers around the world.”

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