Google and Viacom: A Reprise the Ground Hog Day Way

April 6, 2012

Wow, Ground Hog Day.

I read “Viacom’s Copyright Suit Against Google’s YouTube Reinstated.” The key passage in my opinion was:

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan today reversed a lower court’s decision to throw out the case before trial. The lower-court judge had said YouTube was protected from liability because it removed infringing videos when notified.

Good news for the lawyers billing the parties to the matter. For me, more legal process, which is 2012’s approach to innovation. I can conceptualize Google’s management explaining that Viacom was just kidding around in order to motivate the Viacom staff. I am not sure Viacom will be as complacent as Steve Jobs has been toward Google’s interpretation of Apple’s view of Android.

One can never anticipate how a person in a suit will react to someone with a laptop and little interest in discussing a deal. Gym attire and perspiration are not part of the Viacom way. But wait, that situation never happened. Viacom is just kidding around.

Stephen E Arnold, April 6, 2012

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