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Viacom chairman responds to Google remarks

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 13 Jul 2007 23:04 User comments (5)

Viacom chairman responds to Google remarks "We have engaged in a lot of litigation at Viacom, of which I have been a primary mover," Redstone told a group of reporters Friday morning, responding to remarks earlier in the day from Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
Redstone, who started his own career as a lawyer, noted several major legal battles his company has engaged in previously, including against cable TV pioneer John Malone, media and cable giant Time Warner Inc., and against longtime Hollywood mogul Barry Diller.

But Redstone insisted that he resorted to lawsuits only if absolutely necessary. "The bottom line is I hate to fight," Redstone told a group of reporters gathered on the steps of a Sun Valley hotel building, in front of a quiet pond where swans were nesting.

"I don't enjoy a battle," Redstone said. "I would rather be a lover than a fighter."

The stakes are high for both Google and Viacom in the dispute over YouTube, a hugely popular amateur video-sharing Web site that Google bought a year ago for about $1.7 billion.

Viacom claims that Google is willfully violating its copyrights by allowing users to upload clips from Viacom's TV shows. Google counters that it's obeying the law by immediately responding to requests from Viacom and other copyright holders to take down any material found to be infringing.

Source: The Times Tribune

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5 user comments

114.7.2007 6:51

there are thigns you can do and some thing s you can not do,even if you can win them in court or even if they are legal otherwise.

214.7.2007 20:17

Frankly, Sumner Redstone is, and always has been, a stupid Nazi suit.

316.7.2007 11:35

Two letters: B.S.

417.7.2007 17:37

Quote:
"I don't enjoy a battle," Redstone said. "I would rather be a lover than a fighter."
This whole article is a load of rubbish. Stick top litigation and leave the song writing to the pros :)

521.7.2007 20:30

Quote:
"I don't enjoy a battle," Redstone said. "I would rather be a lover than a fighter."
:-O (is standing with awe)

(after 3 seconds sarcastic smile falls)

Those cues are just so f***ing boring making someone seem fooler when he speaks crap.

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