Sorry YouTube: Viacom Gives Joost Nod to Distribute Videos

Joost, the online video service created by the founders of Skype, said on Tuesday it has landed a distribution deal with Viacom Inc. (VIA).

Hundreds of hours of programming from Viacom's MTV Networks, Paramount Pictures movies studio and BET Networks will be available to Joost users for free.

The deal comes amid a public quarrel between Viacom and Google Inc.'s (GOOG) YouTube over protecting copyright owners material. Recently Viacom demanded the video sharing Web site remove all of its video clips.