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[News] Viacom Employees May Have 'Planted' Evidence to Shut Down Web Video

  • Subject: [News] Viacom Employees May Have 'Planted' Evidence to Shut Down Web Video
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 31 Dec 2009 10:52:42 +0000
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Google Lawyer Claims Viacom Request Undermines Its Charge Of Copyright Infringement

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| The judge presiding over the Viacom-YouTube 
| copyright lawsuit has allowed Viacom to 
| withdraw infringement claims for around 250 
| clips -- including approximately 100 that 
| were uploaded to the site by Viacom 
| employees or agents. 


Among The Clips That Viacom Sued Google Over, About 100 Were Uploaded By Viacom Itself

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| That alone should show how ridiculous Viacom's 
| claims are in this lawsuit. There is simply no 
| way for Google to know if clips are uploaded 
| legitimately or not. Oddly, however, the court 
| has now allowed Viacom to withdraw those clips, 
| but lawyers like Eric Goldman are questioning 
| how this isn't a Rule 11 violation for 
| frivolous or improper litigation. But, more 
| importantly, it demonstrates that even Viacom 
| has no idea which clips are infringing and 
| which are authorized. Given that, how can it 
| possibly say that it's reasonable for Google 
| to know?


Youtube and McDonalds says this is copyright infringement

,----[ Quote ]
| Evidently Youtube wants me to take this 
| down, because of course a 4 year old dancing 
| to a McDonaldâs happy meal song (that was 
| included with a happy meal) is too much for 
| the copyright holder to handle.



Viacom's General Counsel Lecture On Copyright Leaves Out Certain Facts

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| Someone once told me that Viacom's top
| lawyer, Michael Fricklas, has been known to
| read Techdirt on occasion. I have no idea
| if this is true, but it still is
| interesting to watch him give a lecture to
| some Yale law students where he offers a
| somewhat nuanced position on copyright
| issues (thanks to JJ for being the first of
| many to forward the video to us), but which
| repeatedly seems to leave out certain
| pertinent facts...

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