/ May 11, 2007

NBC and Viacom File Amicus Briefs in YouTube Case

Two more media companies have joined the fray against Google’s YouTube service. NBC Universal and Viacom have filed an amicus brief in a case in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, to protest what they contend is piracy of their content on YouTube. The underlying suit, in which Los Angeles News Service employee Robert Tur has sued Google for hosting his footage of trucker Reginald Denny being beaten during the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Google contends in the suit that YouTube and Google are protected under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, because they remove infringing content when rights-holders identify it.

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