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Google gets Sued March 23, 2007

Posted by wilson7 in Internet, media, Technology.

I thought that it was ironic that we were talking about places where people watch movies or clips on the internet then I found this article. Viacom Inc. sued the video-sharing site YouTube and its corporate parent, Google Inc. seeking more than $1 billion in damages on claims of widespread copyright infringement. Viacom claims that YouTube has displayed nearly 160,000 unauthorized video clips from its cable networks, which also include Comedy Central, VH1 and Nickelodeon. This is the biggest confrontation between a major media company and the video sharing site owned by Google. The lawsuit came nearly six weeks after Viacom demanded that YouTube remove more than 100,000 unauthorized clips after several months of talks over licensing arrangements broke down. YouTube agreed at the time to comply and said it cooperates with all copyright holders to remove programming as soon as they’re notified, but since then, Viacom has identified more than 50,000 additional unauthorized clips. What do you think about the lawsuit? Do you think that Viacom has a legit reason to sue YouTube?


Copyright infringement (or copyright violation) is the unauthorized use of material protected by intellectual property rights law, specifically copyright law, in a manner that violates one of the original copyright owner’s exclusive rights, such as the right to reproduce or perform the copyrighted work, or to make derivative works that build upon it.




Other media companies have also clashed with YouTube over copyrights, but some, including CBS Corp. and General Electric Co.’s NBC Universal, have reached deals with the video-sharing site to license their material. CBS Corp. “We will certainly not let this suit become a distraction to the continuing growth and strong performance of YouTube and its ability to attract more users, more traffic and build a stronger community,” Google said. Personally, I use YouTube everyday and I think that they have a great selection of material that an individual can watch on their. I wonder is it too late for YouTube to reach a deal now.  



1. Jordi - March 25, 2007

Why do you say too late for Google? Because the suit is so advanced? Because YT has so many videos up already?

What are the broader implications? Ant website is responsible for any actions taken by Users? Won’t this squash the creativity and free expression that makes the Internet vital? Is the internet going to be regulated to death?

2. Charley S - March 28, 2007

I feel that as suits like this advance the original online media services like youtube will be crushed by the big media giants who will subsequently set up online media gateways of their own. However, with the internet something new will pop up as a way for creativity to be expressed online. Regulations and lawsuits can’t keep up with the pace of innovation on the internet. The big companies just need to figure out a way to keep pace with the innovation and make money instead of just suing everyone.

3. Brian Mulligan - April 1, 2007

I agree with Charley about coporations trying to keep up with innovation. They need to create someway to regulate their broadcast of tv shows, news specials, etc., so these problems to come up. Also, YouTube has to work hand-in-hand with the larger media giants to come up with a way to regulate the media on their website. Monitors will have to hired to combat the users posting licensed material on YouTube’s website.

On Professor Comas’s comment, there needs to be a fine balance struck between regulation and creativity on the internet. If it were a free for all, then it would be chaos with an unlimited amount of lawsuits over copyrights and licensed materials. On the flip side, it can’t be over regulated because sites such as YouTube and MySpace have allowed for large community to be established. In turn, this will allow the transfer of inforrmation and ideas that have been at the core of the internet’s success.

4. wilson7 - May 1, 2007

I am saying it might be too late for YouTube because they have so many video clips on their website and they cannot control what clips their users put on the website. It also does not look like Viacom is looking for a deal from YouTube. By putting a restraint on what YouTube can and cannot put on their site makes them lose their identity because this is what makes YouTube, YouTube. You can view so many different types of clips on their website that it is amazing. I would hope that we do not try to put so many restraints on the internet because this will limit so much information.

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