Monday, February 05, 2007

VIACOM Orders Clips Removed From YOUTUBE

(From Cynopsis)

VIACOM INC. has drawn a line in the sand and ordered GOOGLE's YOUTUBE to remove more than 100,000 unauthorized video clips, including those from COMEDY CENTRAL's THE COLBERT REPORT and VH1's FLAVOR OF LOVE, because the two companies could not reach a distribution agreement.

Viacom, who was receiving no payment for its content being on YouTube said the online video site "is unwilling to come to a fair market agreement that would make Viacom content available to YouTube users."

In response, YouTube said it would promptly obey with Viacom's request.

Even though the two companies have this current disagreement, Viacom's MTV NETWORKS did reach a licensing pact with GOOGLE last year allowing its video search unit to use MTV clips and those from its sister networks under a revenue-sharing deal.

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