May 27, 2008
YouTube suit called threat to online communication
A $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit challenging YouTube's ability to keep copyrighted material off its popular video-sharing site threatens how hundreds of millions of people exchange all kinds of information on the Internet, YouTube owner Google Inc. said.
... In a rewritten lawsuit filed last month, Viacom said YouTube consistently allows unauthorized copies of popular television programming and movies to be posted on its website and viewed tens of thousands of times.
Viacom said it had identified more than 150,000 unauthorised clips of copyrighted programming - including "SpongeBob SquarePants", "South Park" and "MTV Unplugged" episodes and the documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" - that had been viewed "an astounding 1.5 billion times."
[via the Asssociated Press]
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