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8:25 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.
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.
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 …
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
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:   OK, we ask for a billion; just don't do that Dr. Evil thing in court
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Are You Kidding? A Billion Dollars?
Discussion: Reel Pop
Carlo / Techdirt:
Viacom Chooses The Nuclear Option For YouTube
Discussion: Social Media Club
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Viacom Sues Google for $1 Billion. Big Whoop.
Discussion: Digital Media Wire
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
If You're Going To Steal Software, Steal From Us: Microsoft Exec  —  Microsoft business group president Jeff Raikes estimates that between 20% and 25% of all software used in the United States is pirated, but said some pirates end up becoming paying customers.
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Michael Calore / Wired News:
Exclusive: MySpace News Pics  —  MySpace News is for real.  —  A leaked document from MySpace's parent company, Fox Interactive Media, confirms the existence of its rumored Digg-style news aggregation portal.  —  The leaked sales document outlines the structure and taxonomy of the forthcoming site …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
SEO: Real Skills That Can Protect Your Traffic  —  Maybe SEO isn't rocket science, but the wrong SEO decision (say knowing the difference between a 301 and a 302 redirect) could be costly.  That's illustrated in a Wall Street Journal article today on news search engine Topix and SEO issues in general.
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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
Josh / Redeye VC:
Failing Cheaper  —  Ask most successful entrepreneurs how they came up with the idea for their business, and you'd likely learn that what they initially set out to do is very different from the company that you're familiar with.  PayPal started out as a service to beam money through Palm Pilots …
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.
MediaShift:
STATE OF THE NEWS MEDIA 2007  —  Project for Excellence in Journalism Dissects 38 Sites; Blogger Index Coming  —  BY MARK GLASER, 10:50AM  —  Each year since 2004 the Project for Excellence in Journalism has dropped the bomb of knowledge on the media world in the form of the State of the News Media report.
Discussion: The Media Age and The Praized Blog
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 …
 
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