YouTube Suit: The End Of The World As We Know It

YouTube Suit: The End Of The World As We Know It

I don't know about you, but I feel fine. Viacom doesn't. It sued Google, the owner of YouTube, for  $1 billion for copyright infringement. Google, in turn, doesn't feel fine either, because Viacom can sue them even though they claim they have made every attempt to comply with the DMCA. According to Google, the suit threatens the very existence of the sharing of any information on the Internet.

{Google] said YouTube was faithful to the requirements of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, saying the federal law was intended to protect companies like YouTube as long as they responded properly to content owners' claims of infringement.

On that score, Viacom says Google has set a terrible example.

In a rewritten lawsuit filed last month, Viacom said YouTube consistently allows unauthorized copies of popular television programming and movies to be posted on its Web site and viewed tens of thousands of times.

Viacom said it had identified more than 150,000 unauthorized clips of copyrighted programming — including "SpongeBob SquarePants," "South Park" and "MTV Unplugged" episodes and the documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" — that had been viewed "an astounding 1.5 billion times."


Hmm. I think Viacom might be under-exaggerating the level of potential copyright infringement out there. After all, my five-year-old alone has watched the same SpongeBob episode more than 1.5 billion times, and my older son has been shown Al Gore's movie about the overheated polar bears, in school, more than 1.5 billion times, too. Maybe they should have sued for $2 billion.
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Yes, there's always that little bit about copyright infringement and whatnot but it's not hard for any normal person to see that it's looking to be one of those frivolous lawsuits again (surprise). One might wonder if and where Viacom might better spend their time and money instead of on this suit.

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$1 billion dollars?  Oh geeze.  Screw you Viacom, lay off Google.  And if I recal, South Park episodes are available on south park's official website commercial free anyway.  Youtube usually repsonds to complaints sent my companies.  Just send which links to be destroyed.  I hope this gets thrown out.  How does Viacom really think it lost $1 billion?

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WOW Viacom take a chill pill, YouTube (Google) cant take care of everything. What do you wan them to do ban all videos with a sponge that has pants on?

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 Viacom is really trying to spoil the fun of the internet and digital sharing.

It could come back to them.

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youtube can not prescreen every video. its impossible, once a company, or a person flags the video it gets tacken down pretty fast. what more can viacom want? 

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