YouTube sued

Viacom sues YouTube over copyright infringement
— reported by the Houston Chronicle

Viacom Inc. has negotiated with the video-sharing site YouTube for months over what the media company says is the widespread illegal use of video clips featuring its marquee names, including Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Now, Viacom is taking YouTube to court, claiming in a $1 billion lawsuit filed today that the wildly popular Web site has been building a business by using digital technology to “willfully infringe copyrights on a huge scale.”

The lawsuit could be the first in many salvos from broadcasters and other media companies against YouTube, which was a quirky and fast-growing startup until the deep-pocketed Internet search behemoth Google Inc. bought the company in November for $1.76 billion.


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