The MTV videos will be soon available on the web on several online video services, after the parent company Viacom has signed deals with five new websites. Dailymotion, GoFish, iMee, MeeVee and Veoh Network are the five lucky services that have the chance to boost their number of visitors using the content provided by MTV, Reuters informed today. The announcement was made at the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas, and it is supposed to increase MTV's presence on the Internet, the same source added.
"We're at a phase of the development of the Internet, when we are seeing the accumulation of a lot of incremental
changes that makes it easier for consumers and users to navigate information and entertainment online", Viacom Chief Executive, Philippe Dauman, told Reuters. "We're eager to get our content out there. Our fans are already there", said Greg Clayman, MTV Networks executive vice president of digital distribution.
Back in 2007, Viacom - MTV's owner - was involved in what seems to be one of the most important legal disputes of the last year, accusing the popular video sharing service YouTube of copyright infringement. At that time, Viacom stated that YouTube had published numerous videos without authorization, demanding the removal of about 100,000 clips from the database. Google agreed and started the removal, but, just when everybody thought the dispute would be finished, Viacom filed a complaint against the Mountain View company requesting no less than $1 billion in damages.
This means almost the same amount of money invested by Google for the YouTube acquisition: $1.65 billion paid, in October 2006, for the video sharing service that had to become the leader of its category. At this time, YouTube is still the most popular video sharing service on the web, having millions of visitors every day. Moreover, registered members upload tons of homemade clips just to share them with other users.