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YouTube hit with US$1bn lawsuit

Google is facing a US$1 billion lawsuit against it and the search giant’s internet video-sharing site YouTube.

Google is facing a US$1 billion lawsuit against it and the search giant’s internet video-sharing site YouTube.

Media conglomerate Viacom, which owns the MTV and Comedy Central channels, is suing for “massive intentional copyright infringement”, claiming that YouTube, bought by Google for US$1.65 billion, has failed to take proper steps to prevent copyrighted material being posted on its site.

Viacom claims that almost 160,000 clips taken from its programmes have been uploaded on to the site and viewed more than 1.5 billion times.

Viacom’s lawsuit could lead to a wider dispute on the protection of copyrighted material online, analysts said this week.

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