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CNET: Viacom Lawyers Have Evidence Against YouTube

7 Oct, 2009 By: Chris Tribbey

Citing several unnamed sources, CNET reported Oct. 6 that lawyers for Viacom in the company’s $1 billion copyright suit vs. Google-owned YouTube have uncovered evidence that YouTube employees were among those who uploaded copyrighted material to the site.

CNET also reported that sources said internal YouTube e-mails show managers there knew unauthorized material was on the site, yet they chose to let the content stay.

If true, Google would likely not be able to use the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act as its defense. Provisions in the Act offer protection from copyright violation liability if a hosting company removes unauthorized material once it has been made aware of the offending content.

Viacom first sued YouTube and Google in March 2007 over 160,000 unauthorized clips on the site.

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