Viacom to NY court: Scrap YouTube copyright ruling

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NEW YORK (AP) ? Viacom claims in a New York federal court appeal that YouTube allows ? and even welcomes ? “rampant copyright infringement.”

A lower court previously concluded that Google Inc.’s popular video service is protected from copyright infringement claims. On Tuesday, Viacom Inc. urged a Manhattan appeals panel to reject that ruling.

Viacom lawyer Paul Smith says YouTube gets a free ride on the backs of other’s copyrights.

Google attorney Andrew Shapiro counters that YouTube follows the law.

He says that when YouTube is told of a copyright infringement, it always takes down the video.

The New York-based Viacom owns popular cable channels such as MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon. Google is based in Mountain View, Calif.

It could take months for the appeals panel to rule.