Breaking: Youtube gets sued for $1 billion by Viacom

Long expected doomsday seems to be near for Youtube. Viacom today filed a suit against Youtube in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York seeking $1 billion in damages from the leading video sharing site. Viacom had been negotiating with Youtube for past few months to enable legal content hosting on Youtube. However the talks fell through as both parties were not able to reach a amicable agreement. Since than Viacom had ordered Youtube to pull off 100,000 copyrighted video clips from the site. As part of the lawsuit, Viacom claims that they have identified more than 150,000 unauthorized clips of their copyrighted programming on YouTube that had been viewed an 1.5 billion times and never got paid for.

Viacom had entered into a partnership with Joost last month to enable legal content viewing by its users. This puts Viacom on one side while rest of the media industry on the other out of which most have already partnered with Google/Youtube. Google/Youtube had been rolling out content syndication partnerships ever since the acquisition last year. According to some news reports last week, Youtube is supposed to have signed deals with around 1000 content providers. That is a big number as compared to what any other video-sharing site have been able to achieve. However even a single lawsuit like this one can pretty much wipe out Google’s media syndication dreams.

Again, Viacom  can be very wrong with this move. Users are not really looking for their TV quality content online. Had that been the case they would have come directly to their sites in the first place. Suing Youtube to oblivion can make Viacom  happy right now but won’t get it the users.

This lawsuit comes just days after Bolt.com was ordered by court to pay Vivendi $10 million in case of copyright infringement.

I will keep updating this story as it evolves.

Links:
Viacom Sues Google Over YouTube Clips

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2 Responses to “Breaking: Youtube gets sued for $1 billion by Viacom”

  1. StartupSquad » Blog Archive » Comcast wants mo-money Says:

    […] Taking a cue from Viacom, Comcast is spreading around the word that it is unhappy with it’s Google partnership. Just like some of the other major online properties including AOL and MySpace, search at Comcast.net is powered by Google’s search engine. According to WSJ, Comcast is supposed to be getting $70 million from Google by driving users to the search engine. Apparently, Comcast thinks it is getting a much smaller cut of the ad revenues as compared to what Google is holding back. Comcast is expecting this share to be around $100 million. And hence Comcast is negotiating with Microsoft to provide that service in case it cannot make headway in its talk with Google. However these tactics are just negotiation gimmicks since Live search comes nowhere near Google’s offering. If Comcast wants to alienate its users, yeah sure go for it. Even looking at the companies partnering with Yahoo, like Flock and Maxthon, I am pretty sure they would have lost quite a few users ’cause of the default search engine arrangement. Off course this doesn’t mean that Comcast shouldn’t shop around, but the options it has are pretty limited to start with. Tags:Share and Enjoy: […]

  2. StartupSquad » Blog Archive » Yahoo Panama to power Viacom sites Says:

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