The first copyright infringement suit against YouTube is coming to trial. The case was brought last July by Robert Tur, a helicopter pilot/journalist known for his famous footage of O.J Simpson’s low-speed Ford Bronco chase in 1994 and the brick attack on Reginald Denny during the Los Angeles riot of 1992. It is exactly this footage that is at the heart of Mr. Tur’s lawsuit against YouTube. The suit alleges hundreds of copyright infringements and hundreds of illegal downloads through the YouTube site.
In an interesting development, Viacom and NBC filed a “friends-of-the-court” brief on May 4th asking the court to deny a motion filed by Google to dismiss Mr. Tur’s suit.