Comedy Central Parent Sued Over Blocking Parody On YouTube

New York (AP) -- Viacom, the parent company of Comedy Central, is being sued for allegedly getting a parody of "The Colbert Report" pulled from YouTube.

The video contains clips taken from the show, but three activist groups argued that their use was protected under "fair use" provisions of copyright law.

The groups say Viacom should have known the use was legal, and the complaint to YouTube amounted to "misrepresentation."

The challenge was filed in US District court in San Francisco. Viacom had no immediate comment, but today's move comes about a week after the company filed its own billion-dollar lawsuit against YouTube.

Viacom claims the web site is filled with copyrighted material from its shows, including "The Colbert Report."

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