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VIACOM FILES BRIEF WITH U.S. COURT OF APPEALS

Outcome Critical To the Future of American Copyright Industries
and Innovation


America's economic future will be largely built on innovation, information and the growth of trade in intellectual property. However, an information-based economy cannot exist if the products and ideas developed are not protected under U.S. law.

The record in this case is clear. As the lower court acknowledged, YouTube 'welcomed' infringement in order to build traffic on its site. In doing so, it violated the law. Actively encouraging and facilitating rampant infringement is clearly illegal and is not protected by the DMCA – a law intended to provide safe harbor against liability where online services providers take reasonable steps to prevent infringement.

In enacting the DMCA, Congress expressly sought to achieve a balance between protecting content and encouraging the development of new forms of online distribution. It's a sensible approach that benefits all parties who work in good faith. The intentional theft of copyrighted works not only undermines that balance; it destroys the value of the very works Congress sought to protect along with the businesses of online distributors who honestly comply with the law.

Things You Should KnowCLOSE
  • Number of Viacom's Infringed Clips in Lawsuit: 62,637 Videos
  • Views of Viacom's Infringed Clips on YouTube: More than 500,000,000 Views
  • Value of Google Shares Paid Purchase of YouTube When Deal Closed: $1.8 Billion
  • Value of Google Shares Paid to YouTube Founder Chad Hurley
    When Deal Closed: $334 Million
  • Value of Google Shares Paid to YouTube Founder Steve Chen
    When Deal Closed: $301 Million
  • Number of Days YouTube's Community Flag Button Allowed Users to
    Indentify Videos For Copyright Violations: 10 Days (September 12 to 22, 2005)
  • Popular YouTube Keyword Searches Prior to Google Acquisition:
    "South Park," "Daily Show," "Jon Stewart," "Flavor of Love"
  • Date YouTube Began to Filtering Infringing Clips for its Business Partners
    In Revenue-sharing Deals: February 2007
  • Date YouTube Began Filtering Infringing Clips for Viacom: May 2008
  • What's at Stake: Copyright Piracy Costs the US Economy $58 Billion in Total Output
  • What's at Stake: The Core Copyright Industries in the US Employed Nearly
    5.6 Million Workers in 2007, More than 4% of the U.S. Workforce

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