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Mike C's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

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Prenda, prenda, prenda... (hat tip to Jan Brady). What... you thought I'd lead with something else? Ohhhhh, fine! So here we are at the end of another week and what a week it was. We started off Monday with April Fool's Day and there were a couple of fools to...
Mike C's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

Viacom PWNED on Piracy

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Viacom PWNED on Piracy

Viacom, DirecTV, And The Future Of TV Blackouts

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Viacom and DirecTV ended their dispute over carriage fees on Friday, which saw the return of 17 Viacom channels on the cable satellite service. But who won, who lost, and what does the resolution mean for DirecTV, and for the rest of the industry? Given that Viacom reportedly didn’t get...
Viacom, DirecTV, And The Future Of TV Blackouts
Viacom v. YouTube ruling is a bummer for Google and the UGC community

Google Removes Links To Documentary In Response To Invalid Takedown Requests By Hollywood Studios

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The recently released TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay – Away from Keyboad, a documentary that sympathizes with the founders of the infamous file sharing website The Pirate Bay, has become the target of fraudulent link takedown requests from major Hollywood Studios, including Viacom, Paramount, Fox... Please visit Search Engine Land...
Google Removes Links To Documentary In Response To Invalid Takedown Requests By Hollywood Studios
Amazon Prime gets MGM videos & new queue—but it’s still no Netflix

YouTube Brand May Be an Advantage in Viacom Copyright Case

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Viacom, which sued video-sharing site YouTube and Google for copyright infringement, in its motion for summary judgment contended Google acquired YouTube in 2006 because it was a haven of infringement and planned to profit from it. Google in its own motion alleged that after filing the suit, Viacom secretly uploaded...
YouTube Brand May Be an Advantage in Viacom Copyright Case

Amazon swipes Dora from Netflix with new Viacom streaming deal

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Dora has found a new casa at Amazon. Amazon this morning announced a streaming deal with Viacom Networks that brings a broad selection of exclusive children’s programming to the Amazon Prime Instant Video service, following the expiration of Netflix’s deal with Viacom. Shows included in the deal include popular kids...
Amazon swipes Dora from Netflix with new Viacom streaming deal

Viacom's $5 Billion DirecTV Deal Keeps the Bundle Intact For Seven More Years

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Remember when the DirecTV-Viacom standoff was going to be the first step of in the beginning of the end of TV? Or at least the end of the bundle? Turns out you’re going to have to keep waiting for that. For a long time. The feud between the pay TV...
Viacom's $5 Billion DirecTV Deal Keeps the Bundle Intact For Seven More Years
Zeebox adds Viacom to its growing list of TV partnerships

‘Big data’ company Splunk, backed by Ignition, soars in IPO

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Shares of business intelligence company Splunk are up more than 80 percent in their first day of trading today — a strong IPO from a “big data” company backed in part by the Bellevue-based Ignition Parners venture capital firm. Ignition Partners led a $25 million round in Splunk in 2007, with the...
‘Big data’ company Splunk, backed by Ignition, soars in IPO

Judge reanimates Viacom's $1bn copyright suit against YouTube

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Earlier decision in YouTube's favour is reversed as appeals court says site may have had knowledge of copyright infringementYouTube executives must answer charges that they were aware of users posting copyrighted material to the Google-owned video site, a judge has ruled.The legal decision in New York is the latest chapter...
Judge reanimates Viacom's $1bn copyright suit against YouTube

YouTube and Viacom Find Lots of Emails, But No Smoking Gun [MediaMemo]

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The YouTube-Viacom documents released today are chock full of interesting morsels. Feel free to ignore most of them. Because if you’re trying to handicap the way the copyright lawsuit pans out, today’s document dump won’t do much to help you. There are revelations here, but they’re of the minor and...
YouTube and Viacom Find Lots of Emails, But No Smoking Gun [MediaMemo]

Dish And The Dream Of Internet TV

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So Dish is the latest company interested in building an Internet TV service, as Bloomberg reported last week that it was in talks with various networks about licensing their content and delivering it over-the-top. But while an over-the-top live TV would certainly be a welcome choice among video options, it’s...
Dish And The Dream Of Internet TV

Booting Up: Google Only Paid $1 for Fiber in Provo, Utah

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Look at all that spring-fed fiber in Provo. (Source: Flickr) All it took for Google to buy Provo, Utah’s fiber-optic network was a dollar. If only you had four quarters! [AP] Yesterday, a federal judge ruled that YouTube did not violate Viacom’s copyright–despite the fact that several of the company’s shows were being...
Booting Up: Google Only Paid $1 for Fiber in Provo, Utah

Good Morning America Says Twitter Will Make A 'Big Announcement' On The Show Tomorrow

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Good Morning America has tweeted that Twitter will be making a major announcement on the show tomorrow. Tomorrow on #GMA: @twitter will be making a BIG announcement… tune in! — Good Morning America (@GMA) April 18, 2013 So what is Twitter planning to unleash tomorrow? The most likely guess is...
Good Morning America Says Twitter Will Make A 'Big Announcement' On The Show Tomorrow

Can Twitter elevate the "second screen" with live video?

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In what would be an inevitable push for the company building toward a TV-centric future, Twitter is reportedly in talks to add live video to its platform through deals with Viacom and NBC, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. Such a move would make perfect sense considering Twitter’s current trajectory, as the company...
Can Twitter elevate the "second screen" with live video?

Verizon and Redbox Start Testing Their New Web Video Service: Here's What to Expect

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Back in February, Verizon and Redbox announced a joint venture video service but said little else about it. Now they’re back, and they’re saying a little bit more: The service has a name – Redbox Instant by Verizon – and a CEO — Verizon executive Shawn Strickland. Redbox owner Coinstar...
Verizon and Redbox Start Testing Their New Web Video Service: Here's What to Expect

Reuters: Amazon Prime Instant Video close to Viacom deal, standalone service launch

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So far, 2012 has been quiet for Amazon's all-you-can-eat video streaming service, but that could change soon as Reuters cites anonymous sources claiming the retailer will lock up a deal with Viacom (Paramount Studios, MTV, Nickelodeon, Spike, etc.) soon. That would reportedly be one of the final steps to...
Reuters: Amazon Prime Instant Video close to Viacom deal, standalone service launch

DirecTV, Viacom dispute pulls channels off the air #thecircuit

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DirecTV, Viacom: A dispute between Viacom and DirecTV has left millions of satellite customers without access to popular channels such as Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV and CMT. In all, 17 distinct channels are out, though the HD versions of some bring the total up to 26. Read full article...
DirecTV, Viacom dispute pulls channels off the air #thecircuit

Viacom: Google, YouTube Founders Willfully Ignored Infringement

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With the release of court filings in the three-year old copyright infringement suit between Viacom and YouTube, we’ve seen the video share site argue that it is not liable for infringing videos uploaded to its site, as it claims protection under the safe harbor provision of the Digital Milennium Copyright...
Viacom: Google, YouTube Founders Willfully Ignored Infringement

getTalent Helps Companies Build Relationships With Job Candidates, Raises $2.6M Led by SuccessFactors

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getTalent, a startup offering candidate engagement tools for recruiters, is emerging from stealth mode today. It’s also announcing that it has raised $2.6 million in funding. The company’s largest investor is HR software maker SuccessFactors, which was acquired by SAP last year. Angel investors include Krutal Desai (head of special...
getTalent Helps Companies Build Relationships With Job Candidates, Raises $2.6M Led by SuccessFactors

Prime subscribers now getting Netflix-grade entertainment on their Fires and web: Is Amazon set-top box in the cards?

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In a bid to give Netflix a run for its money, online retailer Amazon on Wednesday announced a new initiative that will keep owners of its Kindle Fire tablet happy with an expanded selection of Hollywood movies that can be streamed to the device. Thanks to a new licensing agreement with...
Prime subscribers now getting Netflix-grade entertainment on their Fires and web: Is Amazon set-top box in the cards?

Jersey Shore, Dora, iCarly To Amazon Prime Instant In Viacom Deal

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Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) is expanding its Prime Instant Video library in a deal with Viacom (NYSE: VIA), bringing the total number of streaming videos available free Prime members to over 15,000. The deal brings “thousands” of Viacom episodes to Prime Instant “over the next several months,” including MTV’s The...
Jersey Shore, Dora, iCarly To Amazon Prime Instant In Viacom Deal

Groups ask FTC to investigate McDonald's, General Mills over kids' privacy law

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Several privacy and children's advocacy groups have written to the Federal Trade Commission asking the agency to investigate large companies such as McDonald's and General Mills for using marketing techniques they say violate the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The letter also names Doctor's Associates, Inc. -- the owner...
Groups ask FTC to investigate McDonald's, General Mills over kids' privacy law
Dora, meet Prime: Amazon snaps up Viacom shows after Netflix deal expires

Viacom Releases More Google Lawsuit Documents

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Viacom has just released new documents in their Google lawsuit that they claim present a smoking gun against the search giant.Viacom claims that the documents released today, “make clear one of our core claims in the case: that Google made a deliberate, calculated business decision not only to profit from...
Viacom Releases More Google Lawsuit Documents

EMI Was Actively Giving Away MP3s It Accused Michael Roberston Of Downloading Illegally

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You may recall EMI / Capitol Records ongoing lawsuit against MP3Tunes and its founder/CEO Michael Robertson. The initial ruling in that case went almost entirely against EMI, with one small exception that we'll get to soon. EMI asked the court to reconsider the ruling, claiming that it had made some...
EMI Was Actively Giving Away MP3s It Accused Michael Roberston Of Downloading Illegally

Viacom chief hints at online video deal next week

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Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman hinted in a discussion of fiscal results that his company was about to sign a significant digital content deal. The agreement was cast as for an online, subscription-based video on demand service and could be made public next week, The Hollywood Reporter understood. Which service, and...
Viacom chief hints at online video deal next week
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