Audible Magic Pursues Trademark Case Against Google
YouTube was under contract with Audible Magic initially in 2006, then subsequently after its acquisition by Google and through to the end of 2009. During that time, Audible Magic provided its trademarked and patented Content ID services to YouTube/Google prior to Google launching its own version for content recognition.
“Content ID is fundamentally about protecting against unauthorized use of copyrighted works and to have a company usurp our trademark for its own use and registration undermines their ability to be trusted to have the proper motivations in protecting third-party intellectual property rights,” said Vance Ikezoye, Co-founder and CEO of Audible Magic. “Even more egregious is that Google has reportedly generated billions of dollars in revenues under a trademark that we rightfully own.”
A copy of Audible Magic’s petition submitted to the USPTO can be found at: http://www.audiblemagic.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Audible_Magic_Petition_with_USPTO_Content_ID.pdf