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An agreement could not be reached between the two companies, so Viacom has requested YouTube to take down all Viacom content on the popular video sharing site

Viacom yesterday requested that YouTube remove 100,000 unauthorized video clips from the site after on-going licensing negotiations failed.  "It has become clear that YouTube is unwilling to come to a fair market agreement that would make Viacom content available to YouTube users," Viacom said in a public statement issued on Friday.  It is unknown if the two sides are going to try to negotiate another agreement in the future.

According to an outside consultant, YouTube users watched Viacom-owned content more than 1.2 billion times on YouTube. Viacom currently owns cable networks MTV, Nickeloden, and VH1 as well as the Paramount Pictures movie studio.  

YouTube plans on complying with the request from Viacom.  "It's unfortunate that Viacom will no longer be able to benefit from YouTube's passionate audience, which has helped to promote many of Viacomon's shows," said a YouTube spokesman.

In November, YouTube removed 30,000 files when the Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers complained that the site needed to do a better job checking for copyrighted content.  The company is also turning over the identity of a user who uploaded four "24" episodes before they aired on television.




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