The war of words between Viacom and Google continues, as part of the former’s $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit over YouTube. New documents released by Viacom claim that “Google made a deliberate, calculated business decision … to profit from copyright infringement,” when it bought YouTube, and that it explicitly tried to “coerce rights owners like Viacom into licensing their content on Google’s terms”. The documents include emails between Google execs admitting “YouTube’s business model is completely sustained by pirated content” when planning the acquisition of the video site. Google has responded sternly: “It’s revealing that Viacom is trying to litigate this case in the press. These documents aren’t new. They are taken out of context and have nothing to do with this lawsuit.” Source: Mashable
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