Viacom sheepishly ask for reinstatement of clips, Google says - Viacom vs. YouTube

Viacom and plaintiffs in their lawsuit, claim that YouTube doesn't do enough to keep their copyrighted material off the site. We ask the judge to rule that the safe harbors in Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) protect YouTube from plaintiffs' claims[…]For years, Viacom continuously and secretly uploaded content to YouTube, even while publicly complaining. It […]

Viacom and plaintiffs in their lawsuit, claim that YouTube doesn't do enough to keep their copyrighted material off the site. We ask the judge to rule that the safe harbors in Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) protect YouTube from plaintiffs' claims[…]For years, Viacom continuously and secretly uploaded content to YouTube, even while publicly complaining. It hired no fewer than 18 different marketing agencies to upload its content. It deliberately “roughed up” videos to make them look stolen or leaked. It opened YouTube accounts using phony email addresses. It even sent employees to Kinko’s to upload clips from computers that couldn’t be traced to Viacom. And in an effort to promote its own shows, as a matter of company policy Viacom routinely left up clips from shows that had been uploaded to YouTube by ordinary users. Executives as high up as president of Comedy Central and head of MTV Networks felt “very strongly” that clips from shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report should remain on YouTube. Viacom's efforts to disguise its promotional use of YouTube worked so well that even its own employees couldn’t keep track of everything it was posting or leaving up on site. As a result, on countless occasions Viacom demanded removal of clips that it had uploaded to YouTube, only to return later to sheepishly ask for their reinstatement. In fact, some of the very clips that Viacom is suing us over were actually uploaded by Viacom itself,” notes Google.