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5:25 PM ET, March 13, 2007


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Viacom in $1 bln copyright suit vs Google, YouTube  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Media conglomerate Viacom Inc. said on Tuesday it filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Google Inc. and its Internet video sharing site YouTube over unauthorized use of its copyrighted entertainment.
Viacom Files Federal Copyright Infringement Complaint Against YouTube And Google  —  Suit Seeks Court Ruling To Require YouTube And Google To Comply With Copyright Laws And Pay $1 Billion In Damages  —  Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) today announced that it has sued YouTube and Google …
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Viacom sues Google, YouTube for $1 billion  —  Media conglomerate claims massive intentional copyright infringement  —  NEW YORK - MTV owner Viacom Inc. said Tuesday it has sued YouTube and its corporate parent Google Inc. in federal court for alleged copyright infringement and is seeking more than $1 billion in damages.
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Viacom sues 'GooTube' for $1 billion  —  Parent of MTV, Comedy Central hits Google with first major copyright infringement suit.  Will other media firms follow?  —  NEW YORK ( — Viacom sued Google and its online video subsidiary YouTube for $1 billion Tuesday …
Viacom will sue YouTube for $1bn  —  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.
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18 Reasons why Google and YouTube are Guilty of Copyright Infringement  —  Why are you still sitting at your desk?  Viacom sued YouTube and you should be running around like Mark Cuban with his head cut off.  —  Below, Viacom's argument as presented in their official complaint, filed in New York federal district court.
Discussion: Between the Lines and NewTeeVee
Anne Broache / CNET
Viacom sues Google over YouTube clips  —  Viacom on Tuesday slapped YouTube and parent company Google with a lawsuit, accusing the wildly popular video-sharing site of "massive intentional copyright infringement" and seeking more than $1 billion in damages.  —  The complaint filed …
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
IP Democracy: Viacom's Fluffy Lawsuit Against YouTube  —  OK, here's the lawsuit that Viacom filed against YouTube this morning and I'm extremely disappointed.  For once I thought that a copyright holder might actually tackle the weaknesses in the DMCA and raise for court review whether …
Discussion: Public Knowledge
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Are You Kidding?  A Billion Dollars?  —  Viacom sued YouTube in U.S. District Court today for more than $1 billion in damages.  —  According to U.S. copyright law, when a copyright owner's claim of willful infringement is upheld, the court can award damages of up to $150,000.
Discussion: Reel Pop
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Viacom sues YouTube for $1 billion  —  The ever delightful Mike Masnick over on Techdirt pointed out that young companies innovate, and old timers litigate.  One is reminded of his words when reading about Viacom's decision to YouTube-Google and seek a billion dollars in damages for copyright infringement.
Carlo / Techdirt:
Viacom Chooses The Nuclear Option For YouTube
Discussion: Social Media Club
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
How Search-Engine Rules Cause Sites to Go Missing  —  Some entrepreneurs have built thriving businesses largely by getting search engines such as Google Inc.'s to direct customers to their Web sites.  But what happens when the search engines suddenly start pointing consumers somewhere else?
Joe / Techdirt:
Microsoft Exec Admits That Company Benefits From Piracy  —  from the a-secret-no-more dept  —  For some time, big software companies have tried to make the argument that a copy of pirated software is equivalent to a lost sale This is pretty ridiculous for a couple reasons.
Matt Mondok / M-Dollar:
Microsoft executive: Pirating software? Choose Microsoft!
Discussion: Download Squad and Slashdot
Clarence Fernandez / Reuters:
Malaysia uses sniffer dogs to fight movie pirates  —  SEPANG, Malaysia (Reuters) - Malaysia deployed two sniffer dogs in its battle against music and movie piracy on Tuesday, becoming the first country in the world to use the animals to hunt for disks of illegal recordings hidden in cargo.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple iPhone Ad on the NYC 5th Avenue Store  —  Looks like Apple is continuing to build awareness for the Apple iPhone.  On Monday March 12th, workers at the 5th Avenue Apple Store in New York City posted a large iPhone ad on one full side of the glass structure.  —  The ad showed an iPhone with the words "Introducing iPhone.
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Sony UK boss confirms PSP redesign  —  "Smaller, lighter" iteration on the way  —  SCE UK managing director Ray Maguire has confirmed the platform holder's intentions to release a redesigned version of its PlayStation Portable handheld.  —  Speaking yesterday afternoon at the national launch …
Nik Cubrilovic / New Web Order:
OpenID: Too many providers, not enough consumers  —  There have been a spate of announcements recently with a number of companies both large and small announcing that their products will 'support' OpenID.  Each of these announcements was met with a rousing standing ovation by the bloggers over at Techmeme.
Discussion: raving lunacy
Charles Babington / Washington Post:
Tech Firms Push to Use TV Airwaves for Internet  —  A coalition of big technology companies wants to bring high-speed Internet access to consumers in a new way: over television airwaves.  Key to the project is whether a device scheduled to be delivered to federal labs today lives up to its promise.
PR Newswire:
Vonage Drops Select International Call Rates to a Penny-Per-Minute New Rates Included for All Residential and Business Customers  —  HOLMDEL, N.J., March 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — In an effort to pass more savings to its customers, Vonage has dropped its already low-priced international calling rates …
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Apple's multi-touch technology seen spawning "mega-platform"
Discussion: I4U News and The Raw Feed
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