Para­mount cosies up to Youtube – out of court

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Should we worry about the in­creas­ing power of Youtube? There are dozens of ways to watch video on­line, but the un­avoid­able site – now part of the Google em­pire – ex­erts as­ton­ish­ing dom­i­nance over the medium.

This week it was re­vealed that Youtube has reached an agree­ment with Para­mount Pic­tures to screen movies in the US and Canada. Of the six ma­jor Hol­ly­wood stu­dios, only 20th Cen­tury Fox has yet to sign on the line with Youtube.

“Para­mount Pic­tures is one of the big­gest movie stu­dios on the planet,” Ma­lik Du­card, di­rec­tor of con­tent part­ner­ships at Youtube, told the Los An­ge­les Times. “We’re thrilled to bring nearly 500 of their movies in the US and Canada on Youtube and Google Play.”

Un­til rel­a­tively re­cently, the stu­dios have used only the long­est spoon when sup­ping with Youtube. Af­ter all, one of the site’s orig­i­nal draws was du­bi­ously sourced archival footage. The move by the stu­dios sug­gests that those days are seen to be over.

Dis­putes do, how­ever, still take place. Iron­i­cally, the US Court of Ap­peals re­cently ruled that Youtube must an­swer a case from Vi­a­com Inc – the very com­pany that owns Para­mount Pic­tures – for al­low­ing its cus­tomers to post clips from Vi­a­com’s tele­vi­sion shows. Youtube (re­turn­ing to a strat­egy it has long fol­lowed) ar­gued it was pro­tected from li­a­bil­ity be­cause it re­moved in­fring­ing videos when no­ti­fied. The two-judge panel dis­agreed. How fit­ting that The God­fa­ther should be a Para­mount flick. “Keep your friends close,” Don Cor­leone said. “But keep your en­e­mies closer.” Mamer-en-mars Euro­pean Film Fes­ti­val. The picture re­cently screened at the In­ter­na­tional Filmfest in Istanbul and, later this month, will play in New York at the Tribeca Film Fes­ti­val. An Ir­ish re­lease is ex­pected some­time this year.

Keep your en­e­mies closer: Youtube and Para­mount

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