Viacom's legal spat with Google's YouTube to gain momentum
January 10, 2010
Source: All Thing Digital
By: Media Mughals
Viacom Inc.'s, a leading global media conglomerate, copyright infringement suit against the online video sharing website YouTube is reported to set to enter the ruling process. The development was reported at the All Things Digital blog.
Viacom had filed a $1 billion copyright lawsuit against Google's YouTube three years back, in 2007. According to the suit filed by Viacom, YouTube has been accused for "massive intentional copyright infringement". In other words, YouTube allowed the users to upload unauthorized clips from popular shows owned by Viacom and profited from it.
In the recent event both the parties, Google and Viacom, have requested a meeting with the judge to discuss the individual motions for summary judgment that each plans to file. In summary judgment, a court decides enough evidence exists for him or her to rule without sending the case to trial.
Google, the owner to the video sharing website, reasons in a letter to the U.S. district judge that YouTube is protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that protects the website from being liable for copyright infringement.
While, Viacom still retains its previous stand and argues that YouTube is “operated with the unlawful objective of facilitating copyright infringement as a central part of their business plan to fuel YouTube's meteoric growth."
Around 63,000 unauthorized clips from some 3,000 films and TV shows have been identified in the concerned matter. Viacom is the owner of the MTV Networks and the Paramount movie studio.
YouTube was acquired by the internet search giant Google in the year 2006 for $1.65 billion.