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Viacom, Google Resolve Copyright Lawsuit (MarketWatch)
Google and Viacom jointly announced Tuesday the resolution of the Viacom vs. YouTube copyright litigation. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. The Associated Press New York-based Viacom filed the $1 billion suit in 2007, claiming that YouTube was aware that thousands of videos on its site were stolen from its TV networks such as Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon. Mashable Viacom later released conversations with Google executives that it claimed showed disregard for copyrights. Google countered that Viacom was uploading its content to YouTube. The case dragged on for years. In 2010, Google’s CFO said the company had spent $100 million on the case. GigaOM The case has been seen as a landmark test of copyright law’s so-called “safe harbor” rules, which can protect website owners from copyright infringement committed by their users. Google won a series of major victories in the case, including last April when a court threw out the case for a second time on the grounds that Google did not have “red flag” knowledge of the infringing shows. The judge had initially dismissed the case in 2010 but an appeals court partially reinstated it, leading to the second dismissal in April. Viacom filed an appeal once again last year, but the sides have now laid the matter to rest, citing a desire for collaboration. LostRemote Before the settlement, Google and Viacom made strides on dealing with piracy. The two companies have inserted filters that flag unauthorized Viacom content and allows the company to take it down from YouTube. SocialTimes Regarding the resolution of this lengthy litigation between them, the two companies made the following statement: “Google and Viacom [Tuesday] jointly announced the resolution of the Viacom vs. YouTube copyright litigation. This settlement reflects the growing collaborative dialogue between our two companies on important opportunities, and we look forward to working more closely together.”

2 Killed as KOMO News Helicopter Crashes Near Space Needle (KOMO News)
Two people were killed and one was seriously injured when the KOMO News helicopter crashed and burst into flames Tuesday morning on Broad Street only yards away from the Space Needle in Seattle. Seattle Times / The Today File The two who died were on the helicopter, according to Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore. The helicopter, which apparently was taking off, dropped to the ground, landing on at least one car. A second car and a pickup were on fire when firefighters arrived, but it isn’t clear if they had been hit by the helicopter, according to the fire department. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The injured man emerged from his car shortly after the crash with his clothes in flames. Fire department officials extinguished the flames, according to reports, and took the man to the hospital. TVSpy The two victims were identified as Gary Pfitzner, the chopper’s pilot, and Bill Strothman, a former KOMO photographer. Strothman and Pfitzner were employed by the helicopter leasing company that operates KOMO’s chopper. During Strothman’s career at KOMO, he won 13 Emmy Awards.

CNN’s Ratings Surge Covering The Mystery of The Missing Airliner (NYT)
CNN, the cable network that has been scrambling to find a sustainable business model against its main competitors, Fox News and MSNBC, has perhaps invested most heavily in the mystery of Malaysia Airlines flight 370. CNN’s ratings soared last week and over the weekend, rising by almost 100 percent in primetime. The network even managed the rare feat of edging past Fox News for leadership in several hours. TVNewser Since the beginning of the coverage (March 8) through Sunday night, CNN has grown 68 percent in total viewers and 79 percent in adult 25-54 viewers in total day, and 72 percent in total viewers and 91 percent in adult 25-54 viewers in primetime. Mediaite Monday night, three out of four CNN programs in the 7-11 p.m. primetime schedule beat their Fox News competition in the 25-54 demo. While Bill O’Reilly broke Anderson Cooper’s demo winning streak at 8 p.m., CNN won the demo at 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. The Washington Post / Style The disparity in hours of coverage might be driven as much by each network’s strategic identity as by the news itself. The Malaysia mystery plays most to CNN’s brand as the go-to source for big international stories. Indeed, the jet story might illustrate why the cable news networks are actually niche networks — each with its own topical turf, perceived expertise and audience preferences.