YouTube rejects need for Mediaset legal case

LONDON, July 30 Wed Jul 30, 2008 9:06am EDT

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LONDON, July 30 (Reuters) - YouTube said on Wednesday it respected copyright holders and did not see any need for the legal case launched by Italian publisher Mediaset (MS.MI) against the video-sharing site and its owners.

Mediaset said on Wednesday it had filed a suit against Internet search company Google Inc (GOOG.O) and its YouTube for illegal use of its materials.

"YouTube respects copyright holders and takes copyright issues very seriously," the company said in a statement. "There is no need for legal action and all the associated costs." (Reporting by Kate Holton)

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