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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.