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Viacom files copyright suit against Google for $1 billion

Viacom YouTubeWe all knew Viacom wasn't too happy with Google and YouTube. Last month the media company asked Google to remove 100-thousand videos, and Google took efforts to do.

Now Viacom is seeking $1 billion from Google for unauthorized use of Viacom content. Viacom claims that nearly 160,000 of its copyrighted cliips have been uploaded to YouTube and viewed over 1.5 billion times.

In a press release, Viacom says the decision to sue Google follows a series of "unproductive negotiation." Viacom also accuses YouTube of building "a lucrative business out of exploiting the devotion of fans to others' creative works."

It'll be interesting to see how far this case goes. Our guess is that Google will attempt to settle out of court, possibly by reaching a revenue sharing agreement with Viacom. Or Google could offer a one-time payment and finally make good on its attempts to provide robust software to filter out copyrighted material.