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3:40 PM ET, March 13, 2007

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Reuters:
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.
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Associated Press:
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.
Google Watch:
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
BBC:
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.
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
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 …
Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney.com:
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 (CNNMoney.com) — Viacom sued Google and its online video subsidiary YouTube for $1 billion Tuesday …
PR Newswire:
Suit Seeks Court Ruling to Require YouTube and Google to Comply With Copyright Laws and Pay $1 Billion in Damages  —  NEW YORK, March 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA - News and VIA.B - News) today announced that it has sued YouTube and Google in U.S. District Court …
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Viacom sues YouTube for $1 billion
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
IP Democracy: Viacom's Fluffy Lawsuit Against YouTube
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Carlo / Techdirt:   Viacom Chooses The Nuclear Option For YouTube
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Are You Kidding? A Billion Dollars?
Discussion: Reel Pop
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.
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Matt Mondok / M-Dollar:
Microsoft executive: Pirating software? Choose Microsoft!
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Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:   If You're Going To Steal Software, Steal From Us: Microsoft Exec
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?
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Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Topix.net Buys .Com Domain For $1 Million; Worries On Google Juice After Move
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.
Digital50:
Eurekster Secures US$5.5 Million in Series B Funding  —  Eurekster, Inc., a pioneer and leader in community-driven, social search has secured $5.5 million in a Series B financing.  —  Eurekster's first institutional financing was led by Technology Venture Partners (TVP) …
Discussion: PaidContent
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Eurekster raises $5.5M for custom search engine
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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