Google plans to fight the $1bn lawsuit brought against it by Viacom over the alleged use of copyrighted content on YouTube.

The lawsuit, filed by Viacom in March this year, accused YouTube/Google of ‘massive intentional copyright infringement’ due to the number of Viacom’s clips which had been uploaded to the video site.

In a US federal court filing yesterday, Google refuted the claims and requested that the case be tried before a jury.

Google said that the lawsuit threatens the way many people use the internet:

“By seeking to make carriers and hosting providers liable for Internet communications, Viacom’s complaint threatens the way hundreds of millions of people legitimately exchange information, news, entertainment and political and artistic expression.”

It had been expected that the case would be settled via a content agreement between the two companies before the court action went further, but that seems less likely now, as Viacom has signed a content deal with Joost.