Viacom Hits YouTube With $1B Infringement Suit

Law360, New York (March 13, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Viacom International Inc. on Tuesday hit booming online video forum YouTube Inc. and Google Inc. with a $1 billion lawsuit for allegedly trampling hundreds of thousands of copyrights, becoming the first to take the highly anticipated action.

In the lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, entertainment giant Viacom, along with a group of its affiliates, denounced YouTube’s system of shifting the burden of searching and removing copyrighted material onto the intellectual property holder instead of policing its own...
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