Viacom: piracy is the cornerstone of YouTube

by admin May 27, 2008 at 10:05 am

Google has hit back at accusations from Viacom that copyright infringement is the bedrock of its YouTube business model.

Viacom is suing Google for $1 billion, after claiming that several of its popular shows – including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, South Park and MTV Unplugged – are illegally shown on YouTube. Viacom claims that there’s more than 150,000 unauthorised clips from its shows on YouTube, including The Inconvenient Truth documentary, which alone has been viewed “an astounding 1.5 billion times”.

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