Unsurprisingly, the Hollywood labor unions have sided with content producer Viacom over its long-standing allegations that YouTube is in violation of numerous copyrights. Labor and talent unions like SAG-AFTRA, the DGA and the Intl. Brotherhood of Teamsters have come out in support of a new appeal from the media conglomerate against YouTube over users uploading clips from shows like “South Park” and “The Colbert Report.”
“As the revenues generated by these works in certain markets are diminished or eliminated, so too are the incomes, benefits and jobs of the the guilds and union members,” the filing said. “Accordingly, the guilds and unions and their members have a significant interest in the outcome of the litigation.”
While so far the judge in the case, Judge Louis Stanton, has upheld the ruling that YouTube has not been in violation of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, the Hollywood unions and Viacom are trying another way: They’re looking to have the judge replaced. Unless they can show fair cause for improper partiality on behalf of the judge though, this likely isn’t going to stick.
Even Viacom concedes that YouTube has been one of the most active opponents against web piracy and copyrighted material uploading over the last five years, and as such, the suit, which saw its initial appeal filed in 2010, is likely to continue for as long as the money lasts.