To further complicate things, Google claimed that “Viacom continuously and secretly uploaded its content to YouTube, even while publicly complaining about its presence there.” According to Google, Viacom understood the value of YouTube for promotional purposes, but it still wanted to sue the site for copyright infringement. Google says the company “hired no fewer than 18 different marketing agencies to upload its content to the site. It deliberately ‘roughed up’ the videos to make them look stolen or leaked. It opened YouTube accounts using phony e-mail addresses. It even sent employees to Kinko’s to upload clips from computers that couldn’t be traced to Viacom.”
The investigation found that deputies voiced concerns about Bates’ behavior in the field, almost from the very beginning. Bates reportedly used his personal car while on duty and made unauthorized vehicle stops. When confronted Bates said that he could do what he wanted, and that anyone who had a problem with him should go see the sheriff.
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