Add another voice in the spate of Google/YouTube lawsuits: NBC Universal has joined Viacom in a friend of the court brief opposing YouTube’s bid to dismiss the copyright infringement suit brought by Los Angeles News Service operator Robert Tur, Reuters reported. The case is separate from Viacom’s $1 billion suit against the Google-owned site. In July, Tur sued YouTube for letting its users appropriate his famous footage of trucker Reginald Denny being beaten during the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
In the brief, submitted last Friday to the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California, NBCU said: “Many of NBCU’s most valuable copyrighted works have been copied, performed, and disseminated without authorization by YouTube and other similarly operated websites. NBCU has a strong interest in preserving the strength and viability of all of its legal rights and remedies in response to such conduct.”
Also on Friday, as we reported, two law firms, Proskauer Rose LLP and Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP, initiated class action law suits on behalf of the Football Association Premier League Limited, better known as the English Premier League, and music publisher Bourne Co. in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.