Posted October 19, 2007 2:40 pm by with 2 comments

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Earlier this week, Viacom reaffirmed their commitment to suing Google (hey, we all have to be committed to something, right?). Commenting on that decision, I said that Viacom should at least be willing to work with Google’s new anti-piracy tool.

And according to Reuters, it appears that they might:

“I suspect at some point in the future we’ll work with Google,” [Viacom Inc Chief Executive Philippe] Dauman said at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.

Of course, how willing the companies are to work together may depend on the nature of the eventual settlement.

Viacom also commented on the copyright agreement they signed this week (along with CBS, MSFT, Fox, MySpace, Disney and NBC), which included “blocking pirated material before it is loaded on a site for public access.” This could be a potential quibble with Google’s new anti-piracy system, which may allow copyrighted clips to be posted briefly before they are detected.

Dauman took a subtle jab at Google’s anti-piracy solution, saying:

“Google is a very high-quality company. They can do things very quickly when they want to,” he said. “I guess they haven’t wanted to until this point, but maybe they will want to in the future.”

However, he also suggested that Google could help build “a standard platform against piracy. YouTube has said it would consider making its system available to other online video sites.” Dauman contends that “what no one wants” is to have several different anti-piracy systems. i think Google would agree—as long as they get to charge software licensing fees.

Or should it all be open source anyway?


  • I would assume Viacom will play nice once it becomes profitable for them to do so.

    If Google does build a standard platform it should be open source. If not then it probably won’t become the standard.

  • Viacom’s getting a whole lot of bad PR. They should lay low for quite a while.