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LOS ANGELES — An English soccer league group and a U.S. independent music publisher have filed a class action lawsuit against YouTube seeking an injunction to take down alleged copyrighted material from its Web site. The Football Association Premier League Ltd., an English soccer division that broadcasts in 204 countries and owns the rights to more than a dozen matches, and Bourne Co., whose published works include “Let’s Fall in Love” and “Smile,” filed the suit against YouTube and its parent company, Google Inc., in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Both companies “have knowingly misappropriated and exploited this valuable property for their own gain without payment or license to the owners of the intellectual property,” the suit states. The suit accuses Google and YouTube of direct, contributory and vicarious copyright infringement, as well as inducing copyright infringement. The two groups filed on behalf of thousands of copyright holders alleging infringement of their works against the video-sharing site. They are seeking an unspecified amount of damages and an injunction to prohibit infringing copyrighted materials from showing up on YouTube. The suit says Google and YouTube purposely infringe copyrights despite employing the means to avoid displaying such material. For instance, they make it difficult for copyright holders to remove infringing material by forcing them to conduct their own searches, many of which are incomplete. Also, the removal process is ineffective, the suit says. For instance, YouTube took more than seven days to respond to a request from the Football Association to take down certain videos. Finally, Google and YouTube have failed to implement technology that would prevent infringement unless copyright holders sign strategic partnership agreements with them. Plaintiffs have retained a team of lawyers at Proskauer Rose, led by Louis M. Solomon, co-chairman of the litigation department, and William M. Hart, both partners in the New York office. They also retained a team at Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman led by the firm’s co-managing partners, Max Berger and John “Sean” Coffey. “These suits simply misunderstand the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which balances the rights of copyright holders against the need to protect Internet communications and content,” said Google spokesman Ricardo Reyes, in an e-mail attributable to Kent Walker, the company’s general counsel. In March, Viacom sued Google and YouTube over 150,000 allegedly copyrighted videos. “As a result, they threaten the way people legitimately exchange information, news, entertainment, and political and artistic expression over the Internet.”

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