Must be a busy weekend in Google land, you can imagine the fun their lawyers have been having, what with the Premier League slapping them with a class action suit in the US, something which will likely spell the end of premier league highlights on YouTube.
The latest action against “deliberate” and “rampant” copyright infringement by YouTube was filed on May 4, 2007, by the Football Association Premier League Limited (the â€œPremier Leagueâ€) and Bourne Co. (â€œBourneâ€) to:
The Premier League describes itself as the top division of English soccer that is viewed by audiences in over 200 countries worldwide and estimated at 2.59 billion people. Bourne describes itself as one of the leading independent publishers or music in the United States with notable classics “Letâ€™s Fall in Love” and “Smile.”
I hold an e-season ticket for LiverpoolFC.tv, something I enjoy as I get access to all the Liverpool highlights, goals etc. throughout the season but I’m not going to fork out 60 quid for every Premier League club each season to get highlights, my alternative as a resource therefore to look them up on YouTube – whether coming from BBC, Sky, French football networks, Chinese football networks or otherwise. But, given that YouTube make money from the videos thanks to the new bond with Google, the Premier League have become a camp of very unhappy bunnies and have challenged YouTube to a battle in court. Interesting days ahead on this story.