The US District Court of Southern District of New York has released documents pertaining to the on-going Google v/s Viacom copyright infringement lawsuit, which was filed by Viacom back in 2007, claiming that Google had allowed YouTube users to upload almost 10,000 videos from Viacom-run networks including MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount Pictures.
The documents released by the court provide a grizzly insight into the high-profile courtroom battle , in which both the companies have spent a substantial amount of money and time, defending their interests. Viacom, which claims that Google makes money out of copyright infringement, is seeking damages to the tune of $1 billion from Google.
According to the court documents, search engine giant Google has claimed that Viacom officials and employees had uploaded 'a host of clips' Viacom videos on the video sharing website, while complaining about the presence of the videos on the website, on the other hand. Interestingly, back in 2006, Viacom had attempted to acquire YouTube before Google had crashed its party by paying $1.65 billion.
Meanwhile, Viacom is all bitter about the accusations made by Google and has released an official statement denouncing the claims made by the company.
Viacom said in the statement that YouTube was created with the purpose of infringing copyrights and it was clear that YouTube needed to 'steal' videos in order to generate revenues. Interesting comments indeed.