Telecinco sues YouTube for infringement

Spanish b'caster says site more than an intermediary

MADRID -- Spanish broadcaster Telecinco has sued YouTube for intellectual property rights infringement, Telecinco CEO Paolo Vasile said Thursday. He said papers had been submitted to the Mercantile Court 1.

YouTube has regularly said it does not deny there are infractions of property rights but claims it is the users, not the Web, that commit them.

Telecinco's suit claims the Web is more than a "mere intermediary" and that it "commercially exploits for its own use videos supplied by its users, making it a content provider."