Viacom Sued Over YouTube Parody Removal

Written on March 23, 2021 by admin

Summary of Forbes article:

Activist groups sued the parent company of Comedy Central on Thursday, claiming the cable network improperly asked the video-sharing site YouTube to remove a parody of the network’s “The Colbert Report.”

The challenge, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, came about a week after Viacom filed its own, $1 billion lawsuit against YouTube, claiming that the wildly popular Web site is rife with copyrighted video from Viacom shows, including “The Colbert Report.”

Under the DMCA, YouTube and other service providers are generally immune from copyright lawsuits as long as they promptly respond to copyright complaints, known as takedown notices. The lawsuit seeks unspecified legal costs and damages on grounds the plaintiffs’ free-speech rights were harmed.

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