Utube sues YouTube

Posted on November 7, 2006 

Utube sues YouTube

A firm selling machinery to make tubes and pipes has sued YouTube after its website – Utube.com – crashed.

Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment says the internet video-sharing sensation has caused havoc to its business.

The Ohio-based firm has now filed a claim in the US district court. It says it wants YouTube to stop operating or alternatively pay for it to create a new web domain.

Universal Tube said the cost of hosting its site had grown significantly in the last two months, and claims that it had lost business.

In August, the company, founded in 1985, got 68 million hits on its site which eventually crashed.

“We were there first by 10 years,” said Universal Tube’s president Ralph Girkins. “We’ve had to move our site five times in an effort to stay ahead of the YouTube.com visitors.”

YouTube, launched in February 2005, has grown quickly into one of the most popular websites on the internet.

It has 100 million videos viewed every day and an estimated 72 million individual visitors each month.

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