dsfaLooking for a YouTube legal angle other than another analysis of the inscrutable Digital Millenium Copyright Act of 1998? We’ve got one! A company that shuttered its Web site because it was inundated by millions of people looking for YouTube has sued the video-sharing site.

Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment Corp., a Toledo, Ohio, company that sells, well, tubes and rollform equipment, said its Web site — utube.com – has had to change its domain names five times to evade the YouTube masses. The small company, with just 17 employees, got 68 million hits on its site in August.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Toledo, didn’t specify damages but asked that YouTube to stop using the youtube.com or pay Universal Tube’s cost for creating a new domain. Here’s the nub of it: “Due to the confusion in the minds of consumers, the spillover of nuisance traffic to Plaintiff’s neighboring Web site at utube.com has destroyed the value of Plaintiff’s trademark and Internet property, repeatedly caused the shutdown of Plaintiff’s Web site, increased Plaintiff’s Internet costs by thousands of dollars a month, and damaged the Plaintiff’s good reputation.”

YouTube hasn’t commented on the suit.

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