Viacom Files $1 Bln Lawsuit Against Google and YouTube

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Media conglomerate Viacom Inc. said on Tuesday it filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Google Inc. and its Internet video sharing site YouTube over unauthorized use of its copyrighted entertainment.

The suit accuses Web search leader Google and YouTube of “massive intentional copyright infringement” of Viacom’s entertainment assets and seeks an injunction against further violations.

Viacom contends that almost 160,000 unauthorized clips of its programming have been uploaded onto YouTube’s site and viewed more than 1.5 billion times.

But these videos didn’t upload themselves. If Viacom successfully sues Google and YouTube, the company may go after the individual people who uploaded the videos and then to those who downloaded them as well.

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