While Viacom is busy basking in the glow of its pointless lawsuit against YouTube, its lawyers may be busy on a separate, but related front. Back when the company demanded Google take down certain clips, among the takedown notices were a fair number of videos that the company had no rights over -- which of course were still taken down. It's important to note, however, that when you file a DMCA takedown notice, part of that claim is that you insist you own the rights to that content. It appears that at least some of those who were the victims of this collateral damage are now turning around and suing Viacom for taking their content offline with bogus DMCA claims. Viacom is trying to brush off these claims by suggesting it's no big deal that a few legitimate videos were taken down, since it was in the process of taking down so many actual infringing videos. Of course, that's small comfort to the people who actually wanted their videos on YouTube. It's amusing (but not surprising) that Viacom can claim that its copyrights are so important while ignoring the rights of others.
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