I rag on Google a bit… here and there. (and probably the next post coming)
But I am very happy they exist. On their earnings call with investors yesterday they revealed they spent over 100 million dollars defending the Viacom lawsuit against YouTube for copyright infringement.
They could have easily settled for that much or less but they made a judge rule on it.
I just want to say thank you to Google for standing up and fighting the fight which set a massive precedent going forward for user contributed content websites and the DMCA. If Google would have folded or not had a good defense and lost the internet would have drastically changed as we know it.
Many people have no idea how close this case came to changing the way a lot of us have to do business (and how much more it would cost us to do business).
So thanks Google.