YouTube Vs. Viacom: Not Looking Good for YouTube

The ongoing war between Viacom and YouTube parent company Google just escalated a notch. Viacom is looking to extract $1 billion out of YouTube and Google for illegally hosting copyrighted Viacom content. Eriq Gardner at THR, Esq. got a hold of Viacom’s summary judgment motion, which contains some rather incriminating internal memos from both YouTube and Google execs — memos that appear to show execs knowingly let users upload copyrighted content in an effort to grow their site at all costs.

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YouTube’s Steve Chen in particular was fairly blatant about voicing his desire to host copyrighted content on the site.

From THR, Esq:

YouTube has proclaimed a “safe harbor” from liability under USC 512(c) thanks to efforts to respond dutifully to takedown requests. But Viacom goes out of its way to present the case that YouTube was founded upon and continues to exist as the result of intentional copyright abuse. [Break]

YouTube’s founders are said to have uploaded copyrighted content themselves and would joke about it. At times, they would caution each other about these activities, but Chen in particular was aggressive about growing the site at all costs. “Steal it!” he wrote. “[W]e need to attract traffic…[T]he only reason why our traffic surged was due to a video of this type.”

Yikes.