Google+YouTube+Viacom = Court TV - HotHardware

Google+YouTube+Viacom = Court TV

Viacom, purveyors of fine video entertainment such as SpongeBob Squarepants, among many others, is not happy. They've been in negotiations with YouTube's parent company, Google, to allow their content to appear for a cut of revenue. They've decided to go the direct route instead: Sue Google for a billion dollars worth of copyright infringement.

"Their business model, which is based on building traffic and selling advertising off of unlicensed content, is clearly illegal and is in obvious conflict with copyright laws," the media-entertainment firm said in a statement. Viacom filed suit in a New York district court accusing YouTube and Google of "massive intentional copyright infringement" of its entertainment properties.
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