At SES in San Jose during Danny Sullivan’s interview with Google CEO Eric Schmidt, he said that he felt that at least some of the litigation Google had confronted was “a business negotiation being conducted in the courts.”
John Battelle and Danny at SEW post about TW CEO Richard Parson’s comments regarding copyright issues, YouTube and potential lawsuits against Google. From the Guardian article in which Parson was quoted:
Dick Parsons, the chairman and chief executive of Time Warner, fired a shot across the bows of Google, saying his group would pursue its copyright complaints against the video sharing site YouTube.com.
In the context of AOL Schmidt is exactly correct. Note the “saber rattling” that Universal Music did, only to announce deals with YouTube and Google before the GoogTube announcement was made. Given AOL’s relationship with Google there’s absolutely no chance that we’re going to see an actual lawsuit.
This is all about pressure and negotiation.