Viacom v. YouTube

Viacom filed a copyright infringement suit against YouTube, for direct infringement of the rights to reproduce, publicly perform and display, as well as for vicarious, contributory and inducement copyright infringement. Viacom seeks to enjoin YouTube from distributing copyrighted works as well as to recover moneyary damages.Viacom Int’l, Inc. v. Google, Inc. (complaint)
NY Times: Viacom Sues Google Over YouTube Video Clips: “Viacom, which has feuded publicly with YouTube and its parent Google about the unauthorized posting of its programming online, said it was seeking more than $1 billion in damages. Viacom’s suit is the most aggressive move so far by an old-line media company against the highly popular but legally questionable practice of posting copyrighted media content online.”

Remix Battlestar

The Sci Fi Network and the producers of Battlestar Galactica are encouraging fan video projects and a certain amount of remixing of the show with the Battlestar Galactica Videomaker Toolkit: “Create your own mock commercials, short scenes or even mini-episodes — funny or dramatic. Choose from more than 30 visual effects, 20-plus audio effects and cuts from the show’s soundtrack, specially selected to help give your videos the Battlestar look and sound. Use them to make your video, add the required promo clip at the end, and send it to us!”

iTunes influence

The Wall St. Journal: Music’s New Gatekeeper: “Apple has jettisoned some of the conventions of traditional music retailing — notably, the practice of selling prime promotional spots to recording companies willing to pay for better visibility for their acts. But behind the scenes there’s plenty of horse-trading going on that influences which songs are seen and purchased by iTunes customers.”