Well, we downloaded the web browser for the Wii, watched YouTube on the family bigscreen TV, and now our video-viewing habits are irrevocably changed. It may or may not be a good thing, but there you are.
Viacom Press Release:
NEW YORK, March 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and
VIA.B) today announced that it has sued YouTube and Google in U.S. District
Court for the Southern District of New York for massive intentional
copyright infringement of Viacom’s entertainment properties. The suit seeks
more than $1 billion in damages, as well as an injunction prohibiting
Google and YouTube from further copyright infringement. The complaint
contends that almost 160,000 unauthorized clips of Viacom’s programming
have been available on YouTube and that these clips had been viewed more
than 1.5 billion times.
In connection with the filing, Viacom released the following statement:
“YouTube is a significant, for-profit organization that 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. Their 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. In fact, YouTube’s strategy
has been to avoid taking proactive steps to curtail the infringement on
its site, thus generating significant traffic and revenues for itself
while shifting the entire burden – and high cost – of monitoring YouTube
onto the victims of its infringement.
This behavior stands in stark contrast to the actions of other
significant distributors, who have recognized the fair value of
entertainment content and have concluded agreements to make content
legally available to their customers around the world.
There is no question that YouTube and Google are continuing to take the
fruit of our efforts without permission and destroying enormous value in
the process. This is value that rightfully belongs to the writers,
directors and talent who create it and companies like Viacom that have
invested to make possible this innovation and creativity.
After a great deal of unproductive negotiation, and remedial efforts by
ourselves and other copyright holders, YouTube continues in its unlawful
business model. Therefore, we must turn to the courts to prevent Google
and YouTube from continuing to steal value from artists and to obtain
compensation for the significant damage they have caused.”
TechCrunch: “Good News, Bad News at GooTube”
Good Morning Silicon Valley: “YouTube Hopes Classy Brits Jumpstart Its Gentrification Plan.”
Washngton Post: “YouTube Struggles Despite Dominance”
New Tee Vee: “Is NHL Putting YouTube On Ice?”
“The NHL, which gained nearly universal praise for its decision to allow widespread use and sharing of highlight clips on YouTube, seems to be putting the practice of allowing embedding on ice, with some NHL clips on YouTube now sporting the line Embedding disabled by request in the embed code field.”
New TeeVee: Legend of Bridezilla: You Can’t Own a YouTube Hit (discussing multiple claims of ownership, copying and unauthorized sale of videos on YouTube).
Reel Pop: “A Brief guide to Online Video Lawsuits” (collection of information on litigation against the major video-sharing sites. Details on lawsuits and subpoenas against Veoh, Bolt, Grouper, YouTube, Google Video and MySpace.
NewTeeVee: ‘YouTube Should Call Viacom’s Bluff‘
Mark Cuban: ‘Gootube Terrorizes Copyright Owners by Withholding Filters‘ (in which he advocates the uploading of porn to YouTube to test its filtering abilities.
Reel Pop: “YouTube’s inability to remove copyrighted clips could get it sued” (in which it monitors Google’s progress in removing Viacom clips).
NewTeeVee: “YouTube, MySpace Face European Copyright Clash“:
“Collective licensing organizations throughout the continent have been demanding compliance in recent months, seeking their share of the potential billions generated by online video. At the forefront of this movement is GEMA – a German organization that now now has its sights on YouTube and MySpace.”