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Viacom has announced the first huge copyright infringement notice against YouTube. It has served YouTube with notice to remove 100,000 infringing videos.

As you know, YouTube is a site where people can post videos of just about anything. Millions of people visit the site, which made it attractive enough for Google to spend $1.65 billion dollars in stock to purchase the site. There is one problem, however. Many wonder how YouTube is any different than Napster when it comes to copyright issues.

There is absolutely nothing illegal or wrong about creating and posting a video on YouTube. Frankly, YouTube is a revolutionary site as shown by its popularity. Things get murkier, however, when people post videos that were made by others. As this article suggests, those “others” are often media companies and the companies are none to pleased that their television shows, movies and music videos are being uploaded without…

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