Viacom and Google Trade Accusations: Documents Released in YouTube Copyright-Infringement Case Dredge Up Emails and Alleged Motives
Posted in: Online TV/Music at 22/03/2010 16:14
Viacom Inc. and Google Inc. broke their silence Thursday in their legal battle, as Viacom claimed that Google's YouTube unit had sought to exploit copyrighted works for profit, while Google argued that Viacom itself had secretly uploaded copyrighted clips it later demanded YouTube remove.
The claims are among the many divulged as a federal judge and the parties to the case released a slew of documents. The release is part of a closely watched, three-year court battle between the two media giants over alleged infringements of Viacom's copyrights by YouTube both before and after it was acquired by Google in 2006.
Google Says Viacom Secretly Uploaded Clips to YouTube [Bloomberg]
Google Inc. said Viacom Inc., owner of MTV and Comedy Central, secretly uploaded clips to the Internet company's YouTube video-sharing Web site while complaining about alleged copyright violations.
"It hired no fewer than 18 different marketing agencies to upload its content to the site," Zahavah Levine, YouTube's chief counsel, said on the company's blog. "It deliberately 'roughed up' the videos to make them look stolen or leaked."