Representatives of a large part of the US media industry – with Microsoft also along for the ride – have lined up to back Viacom’s continuing legal battle with YouTube.
It is a timely reminder of how far Google still has to go to win friends in the media world. The transgressions of which Viacom complained now lie more than two years in the past, and a Federal court has already found in YouTube’s favour: but there is still deep concern over what some claim was the video site’s willful blindness to piracy in its early days. Read more
The judge who today threw out Viacom’s $1bn copyright infringement lawsuit against YouTube may just have given the video site the final lift it needs to reach profitability.
That is the less-noted result of judge Louis Stanton’s decision to grant a motion for summary judgment in the case. The reason: he has given YouTube an emphatic green light to start placing adverts against a much wider range of videos on its site. Read more