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Google Inc (GOOG) and Viacom have settled the YouTube lawsuit

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Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Viacom have settled its copyright infringement lawsuit regarding clips uploaded to YouTube. This legal battle has been ongoing for seven years. An agreement was settled out of court. Viacom is known as the parent company of media brands like Comedy Central, MTV and Paramount Pictures.

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Yahoo! Releases Yahoo! Screen For iOS For Stremaing Video Content

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Yahoo! has launched a new video streaming application for iOS called Yahoo! Screen.  Yahoo! Screen users can browse trending clips, search for shows, and watch various shows.  The app lets you swipe left and right to skip between episodes and swipe up and down to change the channel.
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Viacom and Sony Sign An Internet Channel Deal

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Sony Corporation has signed a deal with media company Viacom to create channels on the Internet, according to sources with The New York Times.  This deal tentatively includes MTV, Comedy Central, and other Viacom channels.
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Viacom Channels Returning To DirecTV After $600 Million Deal

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It has been about a week since Viacom and DirecTV disagreed about the terms of a deal.  Viacom pulled channels like MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickeloedeon from DirecTV because the two companies failed to reach an agreement up until now.  DirecTV said that they are adding access to Viacom content on mobile devices, PCs, and other media devices as part of DirecTV Everywhere.   According to sources with Bloomberg, DirecTV will now be paying Viacom more than $600 million per year, which is about 20% more than what Viacom was getting before.  Below are press releases from the companies.

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DirecTV Loses 26 Channels After Viacom Talks Fall Apart

Viacom has disconnected 26 DirecTV channels including MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon.  This left millions of people without content that they expected to have when creating a DirecTV account.  DirecTV claimed that Viacom wanted a 30% increase in royalties for DirecTV to renew their subscription, which would be around $1 billion in total.

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DirecTV Subscribers May Lose Access To The Daily Show, Jersey Shore, and SpongeBob

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DirecTV is having disagreements with Viacom Inc., which may result in DirecTV subscribers losing access to shows like The Jersey Shore, SpongeBob Squarepants, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, and The Colbert Report.
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The Appeals Court Rejects Viacom’s Arguments Against YouTube


Back in 2010 a district court threw out Viacom’s $1 billion lawsuit against YouTube because the video website was protected by the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. Viacom appealed the case based on certain legal theories that would get around the DMCA safe harbors. However many of their arguments were not as receptive by the court system as they had anticipated.
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Viacom’s $1 Billion Lawsuit Against YouTube Moving Forward


Just when you thought Viacom’s $1 billion lawsuit against YouTube was over, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan has ruled that YouTube will need to defend themselves from the lawsuit by Viacom in court. Viacom filed the $1 billion lawsuit against YouTube in 2007. Viacom said that YouTube was responsible for a huge amount of copyrighted material uploaded by YouTube users.
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