In Viacom's lawsuit against media giant YouTube, new evidence has come to light which suggests that Viacom may have deliberately uploaded thousands of "pirated" videos to the YouTube website.
Lawyers have been dealing with the case behind closed doors since 2007 when Viacom first claimed that YouTube were guilty of "massive copyright infringement."
Recent court documents have shown that Viacom may have deliberately added illegal videos to the sit in order to help their own case.
Viacom deny these accusations and say that it is YouTube who have been encouraging the addition of these videos to their site. Viacom quoted an email from Steve Chen, one of the founders of YouTube when he allegedly told his colleagues to, "concentrate all our efforts in building up our numbers as aggressively as we can through whatever tactics, however evil".
YouTube continues to reject these accusations and says that Viacom has used certain pieces of information entirely out of context. They maintain that this is a simple back lash from their findings that Viacom had been putting up videos on to the site for years under various pseudonyms.
"For years Viacom continuously and secretly uploaded its content to YouTube, even while publicly complaining about its presence there," said Zahavah Levine, YouTube's chief counsel, in a blog post published today.
It will be several months before the US district court judge reaches a verdict.
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