Thursday, March 18, 2010

Google executives called YouTube a 'pirate' site - San Jose Mercury News

That was before YouTube’s de-evil-ification through acquisition, of course

Google executives referred to YouTube as a "rogue enabler of content theft," whose "business model is completely sustained by pirated content" in internal communications before going ahead with the 2006 purchase of the video site, according to documents unsealed today in Viacom's $1 billion copyright lawsuit against Google.

As part of its lawsuit, Viacom charged in a motion for summary judgment filed today in U.S. District Court in New York that the Mountain View Internet giant "abandoned its own anti-piracy practices and instead embraced YouTube's illegal business model."

Google executives called YouTube a 'pirate' site - San Jose Mercury News

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