YouTube Called Out Over Country Music

    June 8, 2007

Happy Friday!  To mark the weekly occasion, we can tell you that YouTube appears to have been served with yet another lawsuit.  This time it’s Cal IV Entertainment, a country music publisher, that feels Google’s video-sharing site isn’t doing enough to protect copyrighted material.

Any country music fans out there may be able to confirm that Cal IV is a big deal – even as someone who dislikes a lot of country, I recognized several names on the company’s “hit list” (Faith Hill, George Strait, and Martina McBride, among others).

In any event, Cal IV “alleged that YouTube hosts more than 60 of the company’s copyrighted songs and accuses YouTube of direct, inducement, vicarious and contributory copyright infringement,” according to Google Watch’s Steve Bryant.

Bryant then notes, “As with a similar lawsuit recently filed against YouTube by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, Cal IV argues that even though YouTube complies with the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) by removing videos quickly after being notified, the site does nothing to dissuade repeat infringement.”

As with every other lawsuit YouTube is facing, it’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out.  I have nothing against YouTube, but with an ever-increasing number of competitors in the video-sharing market, just one or two legal losses could contribute to Google’s king losing its crown.