Viacom’s lawyers are very busy.
So far this year, disagreement over streaming rights on Apple’s iPad have led to suits against Time Warner Cable and Cablevision.
And, of course, there is the Google case.
Viacom sued Google in March 2007 for “massive intentional copyright infringement” through the alleged trafficking of stolen content from the media company’s hit cable networks, such as MTV.
As TheWrap explains, the four-year-old Google case began after a negotiated deal failed in which Viacom would receive $500 million — approximately half of what the company’s leaders wanted — failed to come through.
The reason for the company’s apparent love of legal action?
Sumner Redstone, according to TheWrap.
“It’s Sumner,” says one media dealmaker. “He sues in his personal life and in his corporate life. As a profession, he was a litigator. His record is quite clear. Is there any other who has initiated as much litigation over the last 25 years?”
And there is no end in sight.
In 2010, a federal district court cleared Google and YouTube of blame under copyright law for being “generally aware” of the illegally posted videos and quickly removing such content.
Not one to back down, Viacom is preparing for appeal, adding U.S. solicitor general Ted Olson to its legal team.
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