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Thursday, May 17, 2007


Viacom vs. Google, YouTube, Part Deux

You may have seen on blogs and online news forums lately that Youtube released their defence in the Viacom litigation. Dr Matthew Rimmer presents a fantastic overview of the current state of play in this op-ed piece.

A copy of the response from YouTube/Google, filed at the District Court is located here.

Viacom claims that "YouTube has deliberately chosen not to take reasonable precautions to deter the rampant infringement on its site" (see op-ed piece above). Interestingly, on the other side of the coin, 100's of clips from The Chaser's War on Everything were removed from YouTube after a 15 year old boy (claiming to represent the copyright owners) sent a fake takedown notice (read more here and here). Evidently Viacom should save money on lawyers and start investing in an army of high school students.

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