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Proskauer Teams Up With Bernstein to Take on Google


— May 5, 2007

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Google’s already-busy legal staff got a bit more work dumped on their desks today when law firms Proskauer Rose and Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman together filed a copyright infringment case against the company. Here’s a copy of the complaint.

The lawsuit follows closely on the heels of Viacom’s recent copyright infringement suit against Google . . . ., and contains allegations similar to Viacom’s: namely, that Google, the owner of YouTube, violated federal copyright law by posting video clips on YouTube without authorization.

But there’s one key difference between today’s filing and the Viacom case: today’s aspires to be a class action. The lead plaintiffs? The Football Association Premier League Limited (a.k.a. the English soccer league known as the Premiership), and Bourne Co., the holder of numerous copyrights in, according to the complaint, some of “the world’s most beloved and well-known songs.” (For those curious, the list includes “Inka Dinka Doo,” “Popcorn” and “San Antonio Rose. . . .”)

The complaint asks for Google to take down the offending clips and for an unspecified amount of damages.

To our ears, the most surprising thing about the filing is the Proskauer-Bernstein team-up. Proskauer is often thought of as a general interest large corporate firm, albeit with particularized specialties in labor & employment and sports law. Bernstein Litowitz handles some defense-side work, but is mostly known as a plaintiff-side securities class-action shop. So why the tag-team?

The answer is here from the Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog.


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Google’s already-busy legal staff got a bit more work dumped on their desks today when law firms Proskauer Rose and Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman together filed a copyright infringment case against the company. Here’s a copy of the complaint.

The lawsuit follows closely on the heels of Viacom’s recent copyright infringement suit against Google . . . ., and contains allegations similar to Viacom’s: namely, that Google, the owner of YouTube, violated federal copyright law by posting video clips on YouTube without authorization.

But there’s one key difference between today’s filing and the Viacom case: today’s aspires to be a class action. The lead plaintiffs? The Football Association Premier League Limited (a.k.a. the English soccer league known as the Premiership), and Bourne Co., the holder of numerous copyrights in, according to the complaint, some of “the world’s most beloved and well-known songs.” (For those curious, the list includes “Inka Dinka Doo,” “Popcorn” and “San Antonio Rose. . . .”)

The complaint asks for Google to take down the offending clips and for an unspecified amount of damages.

To our ears, the most surprising thing about the filing is the Proskauer-Bernstein team-up. Proskauer is often thought of as a general interest large corporate firm, albeit with particularized specialties in labor & employment and sports law. Bernstein Litowitz handles some defense-side work, but is mostly known as a plaintiff-side securities class-action shop. So why the tag-team?

The answer is here from the Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog.

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