A symbolic setback for Viacom in its $1 billion suit against Google’s YouTube. On Friday, US District Court Judge Louis Stanton denied the media conglomerate’s claim for punitive damages in the case. If the court had let the claim stand, it could have taken the damages associated with the lawsuit into funny money territory — at least theoretically.
Viacom is suing Google’s YouTube for a nice round $1 billion, but even that is a more-or-less made-up number based on a very large number of alleged copyright violations.
Frankly, I’m surprised it took a whole year to junk this ridiculous suit. That’s what happens to lazy old media giants who make stuff up instead of actually filing the paperwork required by law. Expect another rash of perjurous takedowns in petty retaliation.