FA launches battle against Google

YouTube is facing more legal action as the Football Association becomes the latest organisation to launch legal action against the Google-owned video service.

The FA is suing over the hundreds of clips of England internationals and other matches, which are freely available on YouTube having been illegally uploaded by users.

The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court in Manhattan by the Football Association Premier League and asked for unspecified damages. This includes any profits YouTube has made from distributing the material in question.

The FA premier league is one of the most profitable leagues in the world and TV, radio and online rights are sold globally with an estimated 2.5bn viewers in more than 200 countries, making YouTube's violation of its copyright potentially highly damaging.

The suit has been brought at the same time as YouTube faces another suit from indie music publisher Bourne.

YouTube parent Google also faces a $1bn copyright lawsuit from US media giant Viacom, which was launched in March.

Last week Google hit back at Viacom’s lawsuit against YouTube and said that it threatened the very way people exchange information on the internet.

Responding to Viacom's lawsuit in a US federal court filing, Google said that by seeking to make carriers and those hosting material it threatens the way hundreds of millions of people legitimately exchange information, news, entertainment and political and artistic expression.

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