In papers filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan late Friday, YouTube owner Google said Viacom’s $1 billion copyright lawsuit threatens the very way hundreds of millions of people exchange information over the Internet.
According to the Associated Press, Google said that YouTube “goes far beyond its legal obligations in assisting content owners to protect their works.” Google went on to say that Viacom’s seeking to hold carriers and hosting providers liable for online communications “threatens the way hundreds of millions of people legitimately exchange information, news, entertainment and political and artistic expression.”
Google’s latest filing was in response to Viacom’s rewritten lawsuit filed last month. Viacom claims it has found 150,000 unauthorized clips of its content that have been viewed 1.5 billion times.
The two sides have upped the war of words lately. Earlier this month they traded barbs as Sumner Redstone singled out YouTube during a speech on piracy, and Google lawyers said they were ready to take the case all the way to the Supreme Court.