Thursday, March 15, 2007

Viacom Sues YouTube and Google

Right after my rant about Youtube, Viacom announced they are suing YouTube and Google for "massive intentional copyright infringement" of Viacom's entertainment properties. The suit was filed this morning in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and seeks more than $1 billion in damages.
Viacom sues YouTube and Google, claiming YouTube is making money off of unauthorized copyrighted content, such as Comedy Central's 'South Park.'

"YouTube is a significant, for-profit organization that has built a lucrative business out of exploiting the devotion of fans to others' creative works in order to enrich itself and its corporate parent, Google," said a Viacom statement, issued in concert with the lawsuit.

Totally true. It's time we start sticking it hard to them. It's just wrong.
The part that really bugs me is that they have the capacity to police themselves better but they just aren't. Youtube has no intentions of blocking users from uploading pirated content.
We have filed complaints about Best Motoring several times. With their technology and man power how can they not restrict uploads with tags and titles that have the word "Best Motoring"?
Because if they do, no one will come watch the pirated content on their site. They are a business based on showing pirated content for free.
Their is no difference between Youtube and the guy selling pirated DVDs on the streets.

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