More Support Class Action Against YouTube

    August 6, 2007

More bad news for YouTube/Google, the Football Association Premier League (Premier League) and Bourne Co. (Bourne) said today that more parties are joining the fight for content protection against YouTube/ Google citing wide scale copyright infringement.

The new parties include the National Music Publisher’s Association (NMPA), the largest music publishing association in the U.S. with more than 600 members, investigative journalist Robert Tur, the U.K.’s Rugby Football League, the Finnish Football League Association, X-Ray Dog Music, Knockout Entertainment Limited and Seminole Warriors Boxing.

Premier League and Bourne also said that the two law firms representing them in the proposed class action (Proskauer Rose LLP and Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP) have been appointed Class counsel on an interim basis by the judge hearing the case.

According to Dan Johnson, Premier League spokesman: "We are pleased to see so many other copyright holders joining us in what we are trying to achieve. The clear and growing message to YouTube and Google is simple: their callous and opportunistic business model is contrary to right, contrary to law, and must and will be stopped."

Johnson continued: "We are also delighted that our counsel, Proskauer and Bernstein Litowitz, have been appointed counsel for the Class on an interim basis. The appointment demonstrates the Court’s confidence in these counsel, which will help us to proceed against YouTube and Google in a cohesive and unified manner."