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Google: Viacom Hurts Internet Users by Suing YouTube


More pressing matters get
settled in sandboxes

According to Google, Viacom's $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit against YouTube is harmful to data exchange on the internet.

This is not the first time Google has argued this position. It made a similar argument — that Viacom's copyright lawsuit hurts the internet at large, not just YouTube — in May of last year.

In its attempt to makeg carriers and hosting providers liable for the spread of online content, Viacom "threatens the way hundreds of millions of people legitimately exchange information, news, entertainment and political and artistic expression," Google stated.

It also said YouTube "goes far beyond its legal obligations in assisting content owners to protect their works."

The statements were filed at the US District Court in Manhattan as a response to Viacom's allegation that YouTube contributes to "an explosion of copyright infringement" online, reports the Associated Press.

In a rewritten version of the lawsuit it filed last year, Viacom accused YouTube of permitting copyrighted content, including popular TV shows and excerpts from films, to appear on its site and generate tens of thousands of views before action, if any, is taken to remove them.

In October of last year, a District Judge gave Google and Viacom a wrist-slap for refusing to work together to manage their differences.

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