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Magnolia Subpoenas Google About Pirated Videos

8 Mar, 2007 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Magnolia Pictures, the independent studio owned by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, has filed a subpoena against Google Inc. regarding alleged uploads on YouTube of excerpts from the film, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.

Google acquired social video network YouTube last year for $1.65 billion.

The subpoena, filed March 6 in U.S. District Court in Northern Texas, requested Google release information on the identity of the YouTube user(s) who uploaded the clips and other material without authorization.

This isn't the first time YouTube has come under scrutiny regarded third-party uploaded content.

Twentieth-Century Fox Entertainment and Viacom separately have pursued inquiries with Google regarding copyrighted content, including “24” and “The Simpsons.”

Last month, YouTube reportedly removed more than 100,000 video clips of Viacom-related material, which included MTV Networks shows and Paramount Pictures films.

A representative from Google was not immediately available for comment.

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