REUTERS -- Mar 13 -- Viacom sued Google/YouTube for $1 billion on Tuesday for 'massive intentional copyright infringement.' NBC Universal and News Corp. have also criticized YouTube's copyright protection policies but stopped short of legal action. Viacom is seeking an injunction against further violations as well as damages. Google said it was confident that YouTube respects the copyrights at issue in the Viacom case. The decision to sue Google followed "a great deal of unproductive negotiation," Viacom said. Viacom and peers like NBC Universal are also investing heavily in their own Internet video sites.
Mark Brooks: Can someone peel the blinkers off Google's eyes. How is YouTube that different from Napster? YouTube's best bet for survival is to be proactive in preventing copyrighted material from being uploaded.