Viacom Considered Buying YouTube, Copyright Documents Show

Less than a year before Viacom filed a $1 billion copyright claim against Google and YouTube, the parent company of MTV and Paramount Pictures was interested in acquiring the video-sharing site, according to claims made by Google in court documents. "We believe YouTube would make a transformative acquisition for MTV Networks / Viacom that would immediately make us the leading deliverer of video online, globally," according to a internal Viacom slide that Google filed with the court.