I realize that the $1bn lawsuit that Viacom filed against Google and YouTube today is all about negotiating leverage.

But I for one hope that this suit doesn’t settle.

I want to see Viacom prove the ‘massive and intentional copyright violations’ accusations in front of a jury of reasonable people.

Given the number broken links we all experience on YouTube due to take down requests, I have a feeling that Viacom’s case isn’t so open and shut.

Google has billions of dollars to defend itself. I’d like to see them use some of it. This is not Napster all over again by a long shot as much as Viacom would like it to be.

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