CamUp Files Lawsuit Against Google

Posted Jul 2, 2012

CamUp is a New York based startup company that claims that the video sharing feature in YouTube and Google+ are based on concepts that they showed to Google when the two companies met in 2011 after discussing collaboration strategies.  The lawsuit was filed in San Jose, California.  CamUp is accusing Google of copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation over a “watch with your friends” button for videos.  The button directs users to a Hangouts page on Google+

CamUp said that Google VP Marissa Mayer and several company engineers approached CamUp during the SXSW event in Austin, Texas this past March.  After that, the two companies met in London to discuss ways to integrate a “watch with your friends on CamUp” feature.  CamUp said that a Google exec was enthusiastic, but did not follow up.

In May 2011, CamUp said that they noticed a spike in traffic from Mountain View, California, which they attribute to Google engineers studying their product.  The next month, Google launched Hangouts and included a “watch with friends” button.

CamUp wants damages and an injunction that bans Hangouts on YouTube and Google+.  CamUp is also suing Google UK Head of Business and Markets Richard Robinson and two other unnamed execs.