Dan Abrams's Mediaite Tests the Limits of Fair Use

Just what constitutes "fair use" of copyrighted material has always been hard to define. Now a new website,, is using that ambiguity to build a business model on other companies' content.

Viacom Appeals 'Flawed' $1 Billion YouTube Verdict

Media giant Viacom has appealed a judge's ruling that threw out its $1 billion lawsuit against Google-owned YouTube for copyright infringement. Viacom called the decision, which said YouTube was protected by the "fair use" doctrine, "fundamentally flawed." This battle is far from over.

Library of Congress Liberates iPhones, E-Books

iPhone and e-Book users may be feeling a bit more liberated, following an announcement Monday that loosens the Digital Millennium Copyright Act provisions. Basically, the ruling means folks can legally disable the restrictive software controls on devices like Apple's iPhone or Amazon's Kindle.

Viacom Tried to Buy YouTube Before Google Did

Viacom, the media giant suing YouTube for $1 billion, tried to buy the video site until the very last moment before Google snatched it in 2006. Viacom said buying YouTube would be a "transformative acquisition," according to court documents.

Viacom and Google Trade Barbs in a Billion-Dollar Battle

Viacom's $1 billion lawsuit against YouTube -- which is owned by Google -- burst into public Thursday as both sides released opening statements in the three-year old case. Viacom is trying to show that YouTube flouted the DMCA before and after it was purchased by Google for $1.65 billion in 2006. Google maintains that it has been vigilant about following the law, and accuses Viacom of hypocrisy for actually using YouTube as a promotional vehicle while simultaneously suing the site.