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Viacom Perspective

The Facts of the YouTube/Google Litigation

FACT 1: THE LAW IS CLEAR: DMCA DOES NOT PROTECT INTENTIONAL COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT.
YouTube does not meet the safe harbor criteria the DMCA requires.YouTube Co-Founder Steve Chen, "If you
remove the potential copyright infringements site traffic and virality will drop to maybe 20% of what it is." SUF 55 Read Full Story

In Their Own Words: YouTube & Google

THE EVIDENCE: THE FOUNDERS BUILT YOUTUBE ON INFRINGEMENT
  • ...concentrate all our efforts in building up our numbers as aggressively as we can through whatever tactics,
    however evil. (Chen) SUF 85
  • If you remove the potential copyright infringements... site traffic and virality will dropt to maybe 20% of what it is SUF 55
  • We're going to have a tough time defending that we're not liable... when one of the co-founders is blatantly stealing content from other sites and trying to get everyone to see it. SUF 40
  • Steal it! ... We have to keep in mind that we need to attract traffic. How much traffic will we get from personal videos? SUF 44
  • You can find truckloads of copyrighted content... (Chen) SUF 60
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Viacom v. Google Overview

THE LAW IS CLEAR — KNOWLEDGE AND INTENT ARE ENOUGH: It is not disputed that the DMCA does not apply to
protect intentional copyright infringement. The DMCA carefully balances the interests of both copyright owners and users,
and protects only innocent service providers. Download Full Document (PDF)