Monday, March 19, 2007

YouTube & Google Sued by Viacom

This week, Viacom filed a suit against Google and YouTube in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. The amount of the suit? $1,000,000,000!

The lawsuit claims that approximately 160,000 unauthorized video clips, such as SpongeBob SquarePants and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, which are the intellectual property of Viacom, have been viewed over 1.5 billion times on YouTube.

Viacom is also seeking an injunction to prevent further copyright infringement.
... some entities, rather than taking the lawful path of building businesses that respect intellectual-property rights on the Internet, have sought their fortunes by brazenly exploiting the infringing potential of digital technology ...
Until this suit is settled, it would probably be a good idea NOT to download and embed any YouTube content on your blog or website. I have already noticed many clips on blogs and websites that are no longer available.

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Angelika said...

Thanks for the info! I bet I have some embedded videos that might be "questionable" somewhere on my blog.

Now I have to go hunt them down. :-(

Cecile said...

You need to be careful. Just make sure that the item could not possibly be copyright material. A lot of trailers for movies and TV shows are allowed to be downloaded and embedded.


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