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Canal Plus goes to court over clips

Company claims $1.5 million damages in suit

PARIS — Canal Plus will take legal action against French-based video clip hosting service Kewego for alleged copyright violations — the first litigation of its kind in France.

The network believes Kewego has done too little to prevent the inclusion of Canal Plus content in the form of viral videos on its site despite repeated requests to take appropriate action since November.

A Canal Plus spokesman cited the positive steps taken by Google and Kewego’s French competitor, Daily Motion, in developing tools that prevent posting of the network’s content without prior permission.

Most clips have been taken from comedy programs, such as “Les Guignols de l’info,” “Groland” and “Nulle part ailleurs,” which tend toward topical satire.

Canal Plus is demanding $1.5 million in damages.

A preliminary hearing before the Tribunal de Commerce in Paris is scheduled for May 30.

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