Viacom, Vivid make odd bedfellows

Companies gang up on YouTube over rights

Adult entertainment powerhouse Vivid Entertainment filed a lawsuit last week that may seem familiar to those in the “traditional” media world.

Vivid’s complaint alleges that adult video site PornoTube.com has engaged in repeated copyright infringement and that its business plan “depends on the uploading, posting, display and performance of copyrighted audio-visual works belonging to Vivid and others.”

Ring a bell?

Earlier this year, Viacom sued YouTube for the same reason, alleging that the vid-sharing site “has built a lucrative business out of exploiting the devotion of fans to others’ creative works in order to enrich itself and its corporate parent Google.”

Maybe Viacom should sue Vivid for lawsuit plagiarism.

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