THE ARGUMENT: Viacom Inc., owner of Comedy Central and other cable channels, is trying to revive its legal dispute with Google Inc., arguing that its YouTube service allows — and even welcomes — “rampant copyright infringement.”
PRIOR HISTORY: A lower court previously concluded that Google’s popular video service is protected from copyright infringement claims. Now, Viacom wants a federal appeals panel in New York to reject that.
GOOGLE’S POSITION: Google says YouTube follows the law and takes down the video when it is told of a copyright infringement.
NEXT STEP: It could take months for the appeals panel to rule.