Saturday, May 05, 2007

YouTube faces football lawsuit

Looks like everyone wants to get a piece of YouTube nowadays. Even the English Premier League is suing YouTube for letting its users upload highlights of football matches. From BBC:
The English Premier League and US music publisher Bourne launched the legal action in New York, claiming unspecified damages.

They said YouTube had consciously encouraged people to view content on its site in order to raise its profile, violating the material's commercial value.

"Defendants which own and operate YouTube have knowingly misappropriated and exploited this valuable property for their own gain without payment or licence to the owners of the intellectual property," the lawsuit said.

The commercial value of the Premier League has risen spectacularly in recent years, making protection of its rights a priority for the organisation.

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