Monday, May 07, 2007

Another Lawsuit Aimed At YouTube

The Sunday 10 PM news reported that electricity has been restored to the entire D/FW Metroplex. We missed another round of thunderstorms today by four degrees. The weatherman said if the temperature had heated up another four degrees, it would have burst through "the cap" and led to huge storms.

Thank you, God. I needed a respite. At least let me get my knee looked at before you hit us again [g].

In other news, Yahoo reports that "England's top soccer league and an indie music publisher sued YouTube on Friday, saying the online video pioneer was engaging in widespread copyright infringement to bring traffic to the site."

The Football Association Premier League Ltd. and music publisher, Bourne Co., filed a joint suit in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan. The plaintiffs asked for unspecified damages AND YouTube's profits from the material posted. The lawsuit named YouTube and Google, YouTube's new owner, as defendants and also asked for class action status.

On May 2nd, I reported on the status of the lawsuit Viacom brought against YouTube and Google here.

Since Google's purchase of YouTube last October, the Internet giant has negotiated deals with a number of music and media companies to settle copyright infringement claims. However, with the billion dollar lawsuit filed by Viacom in mid-March, the stakes have gone up. Google cannot afford to lose a copyright infringement case against YouTube. If they do, the floodgates will open to other litigation.

Google's general counsel stuck to the party line: "These suits . . . threaten the way people legitimately exchange information, news, entertainment, and political and artistic expression over the Internet."

Stay tuned . . .

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