Viacom, owner of a vast stable of videos, has requested that YouTube remove more than 100,000 unauthorized video clips from its site.
This comes after months of negotiation between Google and other entertainment content owners like Viacom. Story here, by Merc’s Elise Ackerman.
“It has become clear that YouTube is unwilling to come to a fair market agreement that would make Viacom content available to YouTube users,” the entertainment giant said in a statement. “Filtering tools promised repeatedly by YouTube and Google have not been put in place, and they continue to host and stream vast amounts of unauthorized video.”
Google has indeed been stalling on implementing copyright filter tools, saying it is building its own filter technology. But that has only helped its new property, YouTube, keep its lead as a place you can find all kinds of video, including copyrighted stuff. Lawsuit coming?