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Google vs. Viacom

March 19, 2010 6:31:41.768

You have to love the copyright suit between Viacom and Google - especially now that this response from Google has been made public:

"Viacom alone has uploaded thousands of videos to YouTube to market hundreds of its programs and movies, including many that are works in suit," Google wrote. "Given the broad scope of marketing, YouTube could not be charged with knowledge of infringement (.pdf) merely because it came across a video that was clearly from a professionally produced television show or movie."

Peronally, I thought the whole safe harbor thing was enough of a defense, but lawyers do like to add layers and layers of complexity to an otherwise simple situation - otherwise, how would they collect enormous hourly fees?

Meanwhile, I find it highly amusing that Viacom's marketing department was busy undermining the coporate case because they actually understood something about promotion :)

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