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[News] Hollywood's MAFIAA Sued For Racketeering

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RIAA Sued For Racketeering Yet Again

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| A few people have filed lawsuits against the RIAA for racketeering in the 
| past, though these charges have always been dismissed. In one such case, 
| where the filed charges were dismissed over the summer, new claims were filed 
| again charging the RIAA with racketeering for extortion, mail fraud and wire 
| fraud in its ongoing efforts involving weakly supported threats against 
| alleged file sharers demanding money to avoid being sued.     


YouTube is Big Fun And Useful

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| Of all of the so-called "innovations" of high tech, I think YouTube deserves 
| to be in the Top 10. Some folks, like the MAFIAA, see it only as a den of 
| thieves, stealing the bread from their children's mouths. But to me it's a 
| fantastic showcase for anyone with minimal tools-- a computer, a camera, a 
| bit of editing software-- to create and share. Naturally the MAFIAA and their 
| ilk can't stand the idea of not profiting from other people's work, but I 
| think it's great stuff. I love the mis-heard lyric music videos, like Crazy 
| Indian Video... Buffalaxed! and Have You Ever Seen Lorraine?. How else could 
| you do something like that-- with puppets? Video tape? Super 8 movies? It's 
| the modern version of "hey gang, let's put on a show!"         



YouTubers given share of ad cash

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| In the US some contributors are already earning thousands of dollars each 
| month from their films, according to the video-sharing site. 


Microsoft Using YouTube To Promote Vista & Live, Leaves Comments Open

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| The more interesting aspect is that Microsoft would use the Google owned 
| YouTube for such as promotion; it certainly demonstrates just how powerful 
| the market position of YouTube has become over the last 2 years that 
| Microsoft would use it to promote their products.   



Youtube for your TV enters its beta phase 

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| Watching Youtube videos on your TV set just got more friendly, as 
| the "Youtube browser" feature of the Linux based OSD device has entered its 
| beta phase.  


Google To Acquire YouTube for $1.65 Billion in Stock

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| Google Inc. announced today that it has agreed to acquire YouTube, the
| consumer media company for people to watch and share original videos
| through a Web experience, for $1.65 billion in a stock-for-stock
| transaction.  Following the acquisition, YouTube will operate
| independently to preserve its successful brand and passionate community.


Can Natalie Portman encore her YouTube role?

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| Microsoft's new site, Soapbox, hosting some famous pirated clips


Microsoft Befriends Google's Foes

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| After a government- and monopoly-inspired period in which Microsoft had
| to pretend to be a gentle force for global good, the company is being
| forced to return to its ruthless roots. Ironically, it is doing this
| in part by decrying the unfair practices of a competitor and
| shamelessly sucking up to the Establishment.


Viacom's $1 Billion Lawsuit Of YouTube: Google Replaces Attorneys On The Case

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| The lawsuit was filed in march last year, and in May, Google hired Phil Beck, 
| a partner with Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP, to lead its 
| defense. Beck has represented George W. Bush in Florida during the 2000 
| presidential election, and Microsoft (NasdaqGS: MSFT - News) during its 
| anti-trust trial.    


Legal Titans Glare At Each Other Across Google-Viacom Battlefield

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| The Viacom versus Google case is going to be an interesting showdown.


Viacom: 'Daily Show' clips just the beginning

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| In the meantime, there's still the matter of that $1 billion lawsuit. Viacom 
| earlier this year sued Google over the misappropriation of copyrighted 
| content on YouTube.  

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