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6:10 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.
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 …
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.
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.
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: Internet Outsider and Reel Pop
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: The 463 and Public Knowledge
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 …
Carlo / Techdirt:
Viacom Chooses The Nuclear Option For YouTube
Discussion: Social Media Club
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Viacom sues YouTube for $1 billion
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!
Discussion: Download Squad and Slashdot
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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Johnny Minkley / GamesIndustry.biz:
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
Bud.TV going flat as visits decline  —  Bud.TV may be leaving a sour aftertaste for Anheuser-Busch.  —  The beermaker's new 24/7 branded digital entertainment network has seen the fizz from its Super Bowl kickoff evaporate quickly, averaging just 253,000 visitors in February, its first month online …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, PaidContent and Reel Pop
 
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