Viacom Sues Google, YouTube
Tue, 13 Mar 2007 16:07:01
That Google purchase of YouTube may wind up costing more than it was worth. It was reported today that mega-company Viacom sued Google Inc. and YouTube on the grounds that the video-sharing website engages in "massive intentional copyright infringement." In a legal dispute potentially seen in the entertainment industry as backward-thinking, Viacom, the parent company of MTV and Paramount, is seeking more than $1 billion in damages, as well as an injunction to prevent Google and YouTube from uploading copyrighted material.
This is the first major suit against YouTube and could set the stage for future battles between traditional media and the largely user-driven site.
--The ARTISTdirect Staff