Viacom sues Google and YouTube

The media company says YouTube is broadcasting unlicenced material.

    Viacom is seeking $1 billion in damages [AP]

    In a statement, Viacom criticised YouTube's business practices, saying it has "built a lucrative business out of exploiting the devotion of fans to others' creative works in order to enrich itself and its corporate parent Google."
     
    Licencing deal
     
    Viacom said YouTube's business model, "which is based on building traffic and selling advertising off of unlicensed content, is clearly illegal and is in obvious conflict with copyright laws."
     
    Other media companies have also clashed with YouTube over copyrights, but some, including the American broadcasters CBS and NBC/Universal, have reached deals with the video-sharing site to licence their material.
     
    Universal Music Group, a unit of France's Vivendi, had threatened to sue YouTube, saying it was a hub for pirated music videos, but later they also reached a licencing deal with them.
     
    Viacom filed the lawsuit in the US district court for the southern district of New York and is also seeking an injunction prohibiting Google and YouTube from using its clips.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.