remove - 3:41 pm on Jun 24, 2010 (gmt 0)
"That's not exactly true. Viacom employees uploaded videos mostly to prove G didn't care or didn't want to know they were hosting stolen goods. Sad day for original content creators, good day for scrapers like google, youtube and the like."
Actually, that's not exactly true. It was revealed during the trial that Viacom marketers uploaded their own copyrighted material to YouTube and intentionally degraded the quality to make it look like it was pirated (ripped from MTV, etc). Then their legal team accidentally requested YouTube to remove the material, only to later go back with their tail between their legs asking them to re-instate it when they discovered it was their own team secretly putting the material up there for marketing purposes in the first place.
Another interesting tidbit revealed during the trial: when Viacom filed a flood of 100,000 DMCA notices, YouTube managed to remove all the infringing content by the next business day. If that isn't damn impressive and efficient, I don't know what is.