Friday, February 2, 2007

Viacom demands Google, YouTube to pull 100,000 clips

Entertainment conglomerate Viacom has demanded that YouTube and Google Video remove more than 100,000 unauthorized clips of its video content, the company said in a statement Friday.

Viacom, the parent company of cable shows such as Comedy Central, BET, and Nickelodeon, said that months-long negotiations between the companies broke down recently.

"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. "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.

"YouTube and Google retain all of the revenue generated from this practice, without extending fair compensation to the people who have expended all of the effort and cost to create it. "

YouTube or Google were not immediately available for comment.