Google has hit back at Media company Viacom over a $1 billion lawsuit against online video star, Youtube and claimed that the lawsuit could endanger internet freedom.
Viacom, the owner of Paramount Comedy and Nickelodeon TV channels, threatened Google since last year over copyright material that the search giant allowed on Youtube much to the chagrin of copyright owners.
According to Viacom own research, more than 150,000 copyright clips on Youtube including the award winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth", had been viewed more than 1.5 billion times.
Google, Viacom continues, has done little or nothing to stop Youtube users from abusing the service and posting copyright material but the Search giant responded that it has "goes far beyond its legal obligations in assisting content owners to protect their works".
Youtube already has a number of features that allow content publishers to take down illegal content although a perfect solution that would check weed out pirated videos has yet to be unveiled.
Some, like Nick Farrell of the Inquirer, believe that the outcome of the lawsuit could have deep implications for companies like Google which do not create content and merely transform it into meaningful information.
As for Youtube, it is yet again proving that global popularity can bring unwanted responsibilities far beyond core competencies.