Viacom’s case with YouTube may change

Conglom may have inadvertently undercut lawsuit

So much for Viacom’s hardline stance against YouTube.

The media conglom may have inadvertently undercut its own $1 billion copyright-infringement lawsuit against the Google-owned video-sharing site.

Comedy Central Insider, the Viacom-owned Web site that promotes “South Park,” “The Colbert Report” and “The Daily Show With John Stewart,” has been cherrypicking clips from Google’s video site, according to a report posted by Valleywag.com, a site devoted to Silicon Valley gossip.

Comedy Central Insider bloggers have reportedly been using a program called Scenemaker, which lets users gather online video footage and rename it (erasing the YouTube tagline).

A Viacom spokesman would not comment on whether the revelation would affect Viacom’s case against YouTube.

Instead, Viacom dismissed the story’s source, Valleywag.com, which is related to gossip blogs Gawker and Defamer. “In other words, it’s a highly credible source,” laughed the spokesman.

Still, Google could turn the tables on its antagonist if it wanted to make hay of the revelation and file its own lawsuit.

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