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Viacom's Dr. and Scott Evil!

One billion dollars!

That’s what Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman has asked for in the media giant’s legal war over copyright infringement with search behemoth Google.

So leave it to those clever minxes at Google to turn the whole thing into a new version of “Austin Powers,” casting Dauman as Dr. Evil and his son of the same name, except for a Jr., as Scott, the estranged progeny of Dr. Evil and Frau Farbissina.

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Because according to a post yesterday in The Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog, while Philippe the Elder is trying to stop Google’s YouTube from ripping off “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” Philippe the Younger will be working there.

It’s not clear from the piece (by Martin Peers and Kevin Delaney) what exactly his job will be, but all the dripping irony is more than enough for us.

Noted the post:

That Philippe Jr. would now be working for Google has proved a source of amusement for some in the entertainment industry. The elder Philippe (Yale, Columbia Law), though, is presumably proud of his boy. Philippe Jr. also graduated from Yale, but in May one-upped pops by snagging a Columbia MBA alongside his Columbia JD, says a person familiar with his situation, who notes he was inundated with job offers. Despite the public tiff between Viacom and Google, his dad was encouraging of the Google move, the person said. Philippe Jr. is reportedly slated to start work at Google after Labor Day.”

Also, here is a video of highlights from an interview I did with the Viacom CEO at D5 this May, in which he slaps Google around, ensuring that his son will get the smallest of the fresh-baked gourmet scones handed out at snack time.

Please see this disclosure related to me and Google.


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