Viacom sues YouTube

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  1. mmmbeer says:

    Here’s the complaint.

    My guess, Google is spoiling for a copyright fight and settlement isn’t likely. At the time Google purchased YouTube, everyone knew that that was just asking to be sued. This was a calculated acquisition.

    They want a court to find that their passive operation of YouTube (and responsiveness to takedowns) makes them fall squarely within the safe harbor.

    Indeed, what Viacom wants (active pruning of copyrighted material) might take them squarely out of the safe harbor.

  2. Simon says:

    I offer some initial thoughts here.