Viacom Sues Google, YouTube
ALEX CHADWICK, host:
This is DAY TO DAY from NPR News. I'm Alex Chadwick.
MADELEINE BRAND, host:
I'm Madeleine Brand.
CHADWICK: Madeleine, I know you're going to be happy to hear this. More news out today that gives me a chance to talk a little bit more about the future of television.
BRAND: Oh, Alex, I'm thrilled. You talked about the five best ideas in TV all last week. And, what, you have another one?
CHADWICK: Well, not exactly, just more news. It is this: Viacom is suing Google for $1 billion for copyright infringement. Viacom owns MTV and Google owns YouTube.
BRAND: One billion, with a B?
BRAND: What is Viacom claiming Google did?
CHADWICK: Well, it's saying that YouTube is playing more than 160,000 unauthorized video clips from Viacom's cable networks - and this is something we mentioned in our TV series that might be a problem for Google, which is trying to figure out how to make a business of YouTube - this is copyright infringement.
BRAND: So what will happen if they have to remove all their clips?
CHADWICK: Well, you know, maybe it will make YouTube a less attractive place, because these clips turned out to be very, very popular among viewers or more likely YouTube and Google will, at some point, work out a deal with Viacom because getting more people to watch this stuff really is in everybody's interest.
BRAND: All right, Alex, well, thank you for that update.
CHADWICK: Madeleine, you're welcome.
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