Piracy Lawsuit Against YouTube Continues

Viacom spokesman: "The new technology obviously has no bearing on the past"
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2007 5:59 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Google's new anti-piracy software on YouTube may do great things from now on, says Viacom, but it still plans to go ahead with a lawsuit over the its products showing up on the Google-owned site without permission. "The new technology obviously has no bearing on the past," a Viacom spokesman tells Online Media Daily, "And we don't even know if the technology works yet."

Viacom has said that they are happy that Google is addressing the issue, but the new software also requires Viacom to spend time and money entering copyrighted materials into a database to be checked against videos. As of now, the two companies are in negotiations. "We'd have been a lot happier if they'd put this in place when they launched," adds attorney Donald Verrilli.