Youtube lawsuit of the week: A&P vs. rappers

by David Nieporent on August 30, 2007

The only thing growing faster than the number of videos being shown on Youtube is the number of lawsuits arising from videos being shown on Youtube. The company itself has been sued by every media company in the known universe — led by Viacom — over copyright infringement by users of the website. And when Youtube isn’t being sued, the people who post the offending or infringing clips are.

A few weeks ago, a couple of college students posted a juvenile rap video about their work in a supermarket produce department. They filmed the video in the A&P supermarket where they were employed stocking shelves, but they never mentioned or displayed the A&P name. No matter; someone figured it out, and they were fired.

That could have been the end of that… except that A&P got the brilliant idea to file a $1,000,000 lawsuit against the two, for defamation. (Just a guess, but unless A&P pays a lot better than I suspect, they may not be good for the money.) And, shockingly, the video, which had just 2,500 hits earlier this week before the lawsuit, now has been viewed 60,000 times. Wonder who thought that this lawsuit was a good idea.

{ 3 comments }

1 censored by overlawyered.com time and again 08.30.07 at 4:43 pm

Wonder who thought that this lawsuit was a good idea?

How ’bout McDonalds and their famous idea of suing two unemployed lefties over home made flyer “what’s wrong with MD”?

If not for MD’ desire to spend $10M and end up in the Guiness Book of Records for the longest trial in UK’ history, we would have never heard of the leaflet. Let alone the MD’ practices presented therein.

I wonder what A&P tries to hide from the public this time around?

2 Bumper 08.30.07 at 7:33 pm

Easy out. We are going to go to law school and we were just trolling for clients for when we graduate.

Well, it would work in Tennessee.

“Lawyers’ license to defame adversaries”

3 ben tillman 08.31.07 at 1:16 pm

“Just a guess, but unless A&P pays a lot better than I suspect, they may not be good for the money.”

LOL.

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