Viacom vs. Google Dispute: Viacom accuses Google of massive copyright infringement involving more than 100,000 video clips uploaded to YouTube from shows such as "The Colbert Report" and "The Daily Show." At stake: More than $1 billion in damages and the future of copyright law as applied to online video. Arena: U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Tactics: Litigation.
NBC Universal vs. Apple Inc. Dispute: NBC dumps iTunes for Amazon.com, claiming Apple underprices digital downloads at $1.99 each to sell more iPods, iPhones and Apple TVs. At stake: Future business models for digital downloads. Arena: The online marketplace. Tactics: Cut and run.
iVillage vs. Glam Media Dispute: Upstart Glam Media kicked up a cat fight earlier this year when it launched a media campaign telling advertisers it had overtaken iVillage as the No. 1 Web site for women based on comScore Media Metrix rankings. iVillage president Deborah Fine responded by describing Glam as "a synthetic network of over 300 different sites." At stake: The right to be called the top-rated women's Web property. Arena: The media. Glam placed full- and quarter-page ads in The New York Times, while iVillage ran its own full-page ad there. Tactics: Dueling ads.
Heavy vs. Takkle Dispute: After staff defections from lad entertainment site Heavy to high school sports site Takkle, Heavy CEO Simon Assaad accused Takkle of copying Heavy's site design. At stake: Heavy's ability to stop the conga line to Takkle. Arena: Behind the scenes. Tactics: Vindictive comments on Silicon Alley Insider and internal Heavy e-mail.