French football and tennis bodies sue YouTube

7th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 7, 2007 (AFP) - The French football league (LFP) and tennis federation (FFT) said on Wednesday they had joined legal action in the United States against the video-sharing site YouTube, owned by Internet giant Google.

PARIS, June 7, 2007 (AFP) - The French football league (LFP) and tennis federation (FFT) said on Wednesday they had joined legal action in the United States against the video-sharing site YouTube, owned by Internet giant Google.

The Premier League, which runs England's top football division, sued YouTube in May for what it believed was: "Knowingly misappropriating and exploiting this valuable property" by encouraging footage to be viewed on its site.

Francois Quideau, directeur of communication for the LFP said they had joined the action because of first division matches being shown on the site illegally. The FFT have the television rights for matches at the French Open and say they are having the same problem.

Both the LFP and FFT are taking legal action against YouTube for "violation" of television rights.


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