Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Mark Cuban courts YouTube foe

CNET "Mark Cuban, one of YouTube's most outspoken critics, has expressed interest in buying a news organization that has filed a lawsuit against the video-sharing company.
The company Cuban is eyeing is the Los Angeles News Service, a relatively small television news operation based in Los Angeles. The company's owner is Robert Tur, a famed helicopter pilot and journalist, who alleged in a lawsuit filed last July that YouTube encouraged users to violate copyright law. Tur filed suit after finding that someone had posted some of his footage, including images from the 1992 Los Angeles riots, on YouTube without his permission.
Cuban is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and co-founder of HDNet, the first TV network to broadcast exclusively in high definition. So why does a fledgling network need to buy a small news organization that produces video which can easily be leased? "

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