Entertainment giant Viacom Media has announced that it is going to sue web search engine Google and video sharing website YouTube for $1bn (£517m).
Viacom – whose brands include MTV and Nickelodeon – says Google, which owns YouTube, is illegally using its shows. It said YouTube was guilty of "massive intentional copyright infringement". Viacom alleges that about 160,000 unauthorised clips of its programmes have been loaded onto YouTube’s site and viewed more than 1.5 billion times.
As well as more than $1bn in damages, the legal action seeks an injunction to prevent future copyright infringement.
Published in: General on 2007-03-13