A Viacom spokesperson called me a few minutes ago, breaking this news, and sending along an official statement. Today, MTVNetworks and its parent company Viacom, are issuing an ultimatium to Google/YouTube: remove unauthorized content or else…
MTVNetworks/Viacom says that over 100,000 unauthorized clips of its video content – representing 1.2 billion video streams – appearing within Google and YouTube, must be removed immediately from its site.
The recent talk of adding short video ads ahead of content on YouTube may have been the last straw for MTV and Viacom, who clearly did not want Google to profit from showing unauthorized clips.
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