YouTube sued by UTube
Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment Corp., of Perrysburg, Ohio, sued YouTube Inc. earlier this week, claiming that millions of people confused its Web site, utube.com, for the online video site where people watch entertaining home-made videos.
UTube said it is now receiving 70,000 visitors to its site per day, a figure that is climbing, because so many people confuse it with the world's biggest Internet video site. You'd think that would be good for business, even if you are selling heavy machinery, but Utube said that was not the case.
From the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District court in Northern District of Ohio: "Due to the confusion in the minds of consumers, the spillover of nuisance traffic to Plaintiff's neighboring website at utube.com has destroyed the value of Plaintiff's trademark and Internet property, repeatedly caused the shutdown of Plaintiff's Web site, increased Plaintiff's Internet costs by thousands of dollars a month, and damaged the Plaintiff's good reputation."
UTube also claims the online video site "condones the public exhibition of lewd and other disgusting videos" and allows visitors to view "unauthorized copyrighted material from major television networks..."
The company is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.
YouTube, which stands to be $1.65 billion richer after Google Inc. completes its purchase, hasn't responded to the lawsuit yet. In an email to me, YouTube declined to comment on the suit.
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