Nice timing Viacom

Viacom filed suit against Google in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York this morning.

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. Viacom claims that the more than 160,000 unauthorized video clips from its cable networks, which also include Comedy Central, VH1 and Nickelodeon, have been available on the popular video-sharing Web site. The lawsuit marks a sharp escalation of long-simmering tensions between Viacom and YouTube. Last month Viacom demanded that YouTube remove more than 100,000 unauthorized clips after several months of talks between the companies broke down.

Glad you waited for YouTube to be bought by a corporate conglomerate before suing the user-generated video site. The lawsuite reeks of class. Honestly, Viacom if you were worried about copyright infringement shouldn’t you have tried to squash YouTube like two years ago or maybe at the first sign of the site being something more than a repository for cat videos.

At this point, your lawsuit is meaningless. Why not just reach an agreement to license content like CBS and NBC? Instead you’re going to war with a company who’s litigation war chest is every bit as big as yours. And don’t think for one moment that Google, Inc. won’t be ready to take you on, especially since they don’t want their billion dollar investment to go poof! in the night.

So just for shits and giggles, a Viacom owned video courtesy of YouTube.

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