Mountain View, Calif. – Google (NASD: GOOG) has so far spent $100 million
defending itself against a $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuits brought
against it by Viacom in 2007, the company told reporters on its earnings
conference call on Thursday.
A federal judge ruled that Google’s YouTube video
site is protected by "safe harbor" provisions of the Digital
Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that shield a service provider from
infringements committed by end users.
While Viacom has said it plans to appeal
the ruling, Google now plans to start attempting to recover its costs from the