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Google, Viacom Settle YouTube Copyright Lawsuit

ViacomA seven-year-old lawsuit between Google and Viacom over YouTube videos has been settled.

As Lost Remote reported in 2007, Google’s YouTube channel was slapped with its first major copyright lawsuit by Viacom, who demanded YouTube remove almost 160,000 unauthorized videos of Viacom content.

“This settlement reflects the growing collaborative dialogue between our two companies on important opportunities, and we look forward to working more closely together,” Google and Viacom said in a joint statement.

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, and comes before an appeals court was set to hear the case next Monday. Viacom originally filed a $1 billion lawsuit against the search engine giant for unauthorized Viacom videos posted between 2005 and 2008, including clips from “The Daily Show” and “South Park.”

Before the settlement, Google and Viacom made strides on dealing with piracy. The two companies have inserted filters that flag unauthorized Viacom content and allows the company to take it down from YouTube.

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