Media conglomerate Viacom demanded on Friday that Google’s video service YouTube remove from its Web pages as many as 100,000 video clips containing copyrighted material.The two sides had been negotiating a licensing agreement that would allow Viacom-owned content on the YouTube site, when talks broke down. Viacom’s demand came next.Viacom’s properties include MTV, Nickelodeon and BET (Black Entertainment Television).”After months of ongoing discussions with YouTube and Google, it has become clear that YouTube is unwilling to come to a fair market agreement that would make Viacom content available to YouTube users,” Viacom said in a statement.YouTube did not respond to requests for comment.Viacom had asked YouTube to remove its content last fall, as well. YouTube did so, taking down thousands of clips of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” for instance.In addition, Viacom said YouTube also promised that filtering tools meant to prevent such content from appearing on the site would be in place before the start of 2007. Since then, however, hundreds of Viacom-owned video clips have reappeared on YouTube.”Filtering tools promised repeatedly by YouTube and Google have not been put in place, and they continue to host and stream vast amounts of unauthorized video,” Viacom said. “YouTube and Google… Read full this story
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