Google wins landmark copyright case against Viacom

By Jos
Jun 24, 2010
  1. Back in 2007, media giant Viacom filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Google's YouTube alleging that it knowingly allowed copyrighted content to be uploaded on its site. A lot has happened since then. YouTube launched a video filtering system to catch infringing material before it's even posted on the site, and eventually signed some distribution deals with content providers, while Viacom escalated its allegations claiming Google made a deliberate, calculated business decision to profit from copyright infringement when it agreed to buy YouTube for $1.65 billion in 2006.

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  2. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    "Viacom managers had been uploading video to YouTube and covering their tracks after the suit was already filed."

    Will Viacom have any consequences for that? In my opinion they should.
  3. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    My thoughts too, princeton. At the very least some kind of tampering or obstruction of justice charges. Seriously, that's just dirty pool, and for obviously malicious acts to be swept under the rug would be unconscionable.

    If I was Google, I'd throw a countersuit at them... Make em squirm.
  4. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    Really, Viacom? YouTube did absolutely nothing wrong, and you have ZERO proof that Google bought YouTube for the sheer purpose of distributing pirated videos. And why are you complaining? At least (like the two above me mentioned) they didn't get onto your @sses for

    Had I been the judge, after I ruled in favor of Google, I would have turned to you and opened up a whole can of "Whoop @ss" on you based on the above statement.
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