MSNBC is reporting that Viacom is suing Google and YouTube to the tune of $1 billion dollar. The suit stems from alleged unauthorized use on their programming.
In a statement, Viacom lashed out at YouTube’s business practices, saying it has “built a lucrative business out of exploiting the devotion of fans to other’ creative works in order to enrich itself and its corporate parent Google.”
Viacom said YouTube’s business model, “which is based on building traffic and selling advertising off of unlicensed content, is clearly illegal and is in obvious conflict with copyright laws.”
Viacom owns such channels such as Comedy Central, VH1, MTV, and Nickelodeon.