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Google Viacom lawsuit: Search giant prevails in $1 billion case

Google Viacom lawsuit: A New York federal judge has ruled in favor of Google in a $1 billion lawsuit brought by Viacom over Google's 'YouTube' website.

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Google Viacom lawsuit: Google beats back Viacom's $1 billion YouTube lawsuit on Wednesday. A Google logo is seen outside headquarters in Mountain View, California in this 2004 file photo.

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A federal judge in New York is siding with Google in a $1 billion copyright lawsuit filed by media company Viacom over YouTube videos.

Viacom Inc. had alleged that YouTube, which Google Inc. bought in 2006, built itself into a successful video-sharing site by promoting the unlicensed use of video taken from Viacom cable channels such as MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon.

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But U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton ruled in favor of Google in a summary judgment Wednesday, saying that YouTube removed illegal video promptly as required by federal copyright law.

Viacom says it will appeal.


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