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Still Going! As Promised, Viacom Appeals YouTube Copyright Ruling

In June, Google won a huge legal victory in its three-year YouTube copyright fight with Viacom. But that was a battle, not the entire war. As promised, Viacom has appealed the federal court ruling, via a filing today.

I should have the document for you shortly, but it’s pretty boring. The only news here is that Viacom (VIA) and Google (GOOG) are either unwilling or unable to come together on this stuff, at least in court. Outside the legal system, though, the two companies end up working together, in informal and arm’s-length arrangements.

For copyright completists, here’s the filing:


Viacom Notice of Appeal

And because someone requested it–a video! Not my best selection, but it’s a slow midweek summer day. If you folks have other suggestions, send along and I’ll see what I can do.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work