NBC Uni supports YouTube piracy lawsuit

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NBC Universal has thrown in with Viacom in a filing related to a piracy lawsuit against Google and YouTube.

The case was actually brought by a separate party, Los Angeles News Service operator Robert Tur. In July, Tur sued YouTube, claiming its users were being allowed unauthorized access to his footage of truck driver Reginald Denny being beaten during the 1992 Los Angeles riots. NBC Universal and Viacom on Friday submitted a friend of the court brief opposing YouTube's bid to dismiss the copyright infringement suit brought by Tur.

NBC Uni hasn't sued YouTube, but papers filed by network attorneys in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles in the Tur case make clear its view.

"Many of NBCU's most valuable copyrighted works have been copied, performed and disseminated without authorization by YouTube and other similarly operated Web sites," the Universal Studios parent said. "NBCU has a strong interest in preserving the strength and viability of all of its legal rights and remedies in response to such conduct."

The Tur complaint contains similar accusations to those lodged by Viacom, which filed its own copyright infringement suit against YouTube in March for more than $1 billion in damages. In separate action Friday, English soccer's Premier League also filed suit against Google and YouTube, claiming copyright infringement.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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