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Viacom Hires United States Solicitor General to Fight YouTube on Copyright Infringement

Viacom’s battle with YouTube is heating up again. After a major defeat at the hands of Google when a NY district court judge ruled that YouTube qualified for “safe harbor” of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) from claims of direct and contributory copyright infringement.

Viacom has now hired appellate lawyer and former USSG Theodore Olson, who successfully represented then-candidate George W. Bush in the U.S. Supreme Court Bush vs. Gore case, and also helped overturn California’s ban on gay marriage in Perry v. Schwarzenegger.

The first job for Viacom’s new lawyer will be preparing the company’s appeal, which it plans to file on Dec. 3.

Viacom’s fight against Google over copyright infringement began in 2007, when the company sued for $1 billion and demanded an immediate stop to copyright infringement.

YouTube said that, “for years, Viacom continuously and secretly uploaded its content to YouTube, even while publicly complaining about its presence there.


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