Viacom gets its ass handed to it again by a court in its YouTube lawsuit


9 Responses to “Viacom gets its ass handed to it again by a court in its YouTube lawsuit”

  1. anon0mouse says:

     Viacom lost sight of the fact that Google is not a little girl or an old lady.

  2. That_Anonymous_Coward says:

    And yet again we see a media company pouring cash out the door trying to fight reality and turn back time.
    At what point will they discover that they have wasted more money “fighting piracy” than they ever actually lost?  That they kept listening to people who told them how piracy was so very very bad, while they collected large sums of cash selling them snakeoil…

    • Aaron Oman says:

       That’s actually a good point. I’ve never heard that particular argument before.

      • That_Anonymous_Coward says:

        Not the first time I’ve said it, and I have pointed out that the companies refuse to abandon the course they have been on because another few million will finally make it work this time…

        For fun look at this chain…
        Dtecnet (someone with ties to IFPI (?) founded and was bought out)
        was acquired by
        MarkMonitor (we protect your reputation online!)
        was acquired by
        Reuters Thompson (or Thompson Reuters I flip words)

        They have the contract providing the “strikes” for the US Six Strikes program, using the tech of Dtecnet.  CCI is funded by **AA membership and ISPs, hired MarkMonitor.  Then they hired Stroz to review the tech, pay no attention to the $675,000 Stroz had been paid in the past by the RIAA to lobby for them, or that Stroz was gaining a long term contract to oversee the system and make sure it was still “perfect”.

        Dtecnet was the company hired in the lawsuit Roadshow vs iiNet in Australia.  Often called AFACT vs iiNet  (AFACT that wonderful home grown lobbying group funded by the MPAA).  Dtecnet created and seeded torrents of copyrighted material to collect IP addresses to force a change in the law in Oz.  So torrents are destroying the content industry… so we paid someone to make more of them.

        CCI appeared on CSPAN at a hearing or something and showed how they were collecting IP addresses.  They are using the Vuze client, which in its terms of service ban using the client to spy on other users or use it commercially.

        So they are willing to violate the rights of others, throw money at people who actually made the problem worse, and think that 4 years and millions to come up with 6 Strikes was a better idea than looking at the world as 1 global market instead of divided portions that have no contact.

        This is a failure of their leadership, they think its 1950 and they can just buy another law to protect the monopoly and keep control.  Imagine how much cooler the world would be today if they weren’t spending millions to kill or cripple neat new ideas that might have a way to hurt their imaginary rights to control how you use content you paid for.

  3. Humbabella says:

    So are they paying Google’s legal costs too?  Are they paying costs for court time wasted given that their lawsuits are basically frivolous?  I hope so.

  4. niktemadur says:

    “The coroner and the lawyer grow fat on the quarrels of fools.” – Gaelic proverb.

  5. DewiMorgan says:

    A hundred… THOUSAND videos were taken down from a single copyright holder, six years ago?

    By now the numbers must be well into the millions. And no wonder that it’s impossibly hard to speak to any human about account lockings and such. The numbers are just on an unimaginable scale.

  6. Carl_Brutanananadilewski says:

    Time to pull out my quantum foam violin and serenade Viacom.

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