Chad Hurley and Steve Chen

There’s a fight on the horizon, and it’s going to be bloody. YouTube is one of the internet’s biggest success stories, and it has a massive impact on today’s media landscape. Meanwhile, some old media businesses will do anything to defend their old business models: entertainment giant Viacom is suing YouTube for a whopping $1billion over copyright infringement, while the Premier League has teamed up with several sports’ rights owners and music publishers todo the same. YouTube’s founders, Steve Chen andChad Hurley, are remaining calm.

“From day one, we’ve always operated under the law,” explains Hurley, the company’s CEO. “There are many more people on our system participating and creating their own content than there are infringing. The way we view it, we have hundreds of competitors, and if you could build a successful site based on infringing content, you should have hundreds of successful sites. That’s just not the case. We continue to build tools to deal with these problems, and we’re confident that we’re going to have great solutions.”

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