Lessig: Supreme Court copyright ruling invites chaos
The 2005 decision by the Supreme Court in the Grokster v. MGM case is partly responsible for Viacom Inc.'s dispute with Google Inc. ending up in court, copyright-law expert Lawrence Lessig said in a Sunday opinion piece in the New York Times.
Viacom last week sued Google for $1 billion in damages from the unauthorized posting of Viacom videos on Google's free YouTube video-sharing Web site. In a complaint filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Viacom charged YouTube with profiting from "massive intentional" violations of Viacom's copyrighted material.
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