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Time Warner Eyes YouTube Copyright Issues

Oct 13, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Time Warner plans to pursue copyright action against video-sharing Web site YouTube, Time Warner CEO Dick Parsons told United Kingdom publication The Guardian.

Parson’s company is concerned about the potential illegal use of its videos from the HBO cable channel and Warner Bros. film studio, he said. Google this week said it would acquire YouTube for $1.65 billion.

“You can assume we’re in negotiations with YouTube and that those negotiations will be kicked up to the Google level in the hope that we can get to some acceptable position,” Mr. Parsons told the paper.

Time Warner’s action underscores the possibility that complaints may ratchet up against YouTube now that deep-pocketed Google has taken control of the start-up. Time Warner denied there is any connection between possible copyright action and the acquisition.

YouTube CEO Chad Hurley said earlier in the week on the acquisition conference call that YouTube is committed to working with copyright owners to protect their work.