AAPL Stock: 110.38 ( + 0.8 )

Printed from

Viacom hits YouTube with $1 billion lawsuit

updated 11:20 am EDT, Tue March 13, 2007

Viacom Sues YouTube

Viacom today sued YouTube for $1 billion, marking the largest-ever suit of its kind for Internet videos. The media outlet openly accused YouTube and its parent company Google of deliberately allowing illegal material to be hosted through the site, asking for both financial damages and an injunction against any other Viacom-related clips from reaching the site.

"YouTube's strategy has been to avoid taking proactive steps," read an official Viacom statement. "Their business model, which is based on building traffic and selling advertising off of unlicensed content, is clearly illegal."

The network, which owns MTV, Nickelodeon, and other major TV and film studios, specifically claimed that YouTube knowingly allowed more than 160,000 clips from its various shows to stay on the website despite reportedly obvious copyright infringement. The companies had been in "unproductive negotiation" to legally bring these clips online, Viacom said.

Google and YouTube have generally been successful in negotiating deals with traditional media sources in the past, having just secured a BBC deal in early March and music labels as early as September. Viacom has not explained its reasons for ending the earlier talks.

by MacNN Staff





Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Polk Hinge Wireless headphones

Polk, a company well-established in the audio market, recently released a new set of headphones aimed at the lifestyle market. The Hin ...

Blue Yeti Studio

Despite being very familiar with Blue Microphones' lower-end products -- we've long recommended the company's Snowball line of mics ...

ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector

Home theaters are becoming more and more accessible these days, but maybe you've been a bit wary about buying a home projector. And h ...


Most Commented