Google ordered to hand over YouTube viewing data

By on July 3, 2008, 12:20 PM
In the ongoing spat between Google and Viacom over copyright concerns, a judge has ordered the former to hand over records of every video watched on YouTube, including user names and IP addresses, to the media giant. Google had argued that turning over the data would invade users’ privacy. However, US district judge Louis Stanton ignored the argument claiming privacy concerns expressed by Google about handing over the log were “speculative.”

Viacom requested the data in an effort to back up its claim that copyright-infringing material reproduced on the site is more popular than lawful user-generated content. Many other requests made by Viacom were denied in whole, however, such as information regarding videos marked private on the site, Google's advertising tactics across all its properties – allegedly to find out how much they were benefiting financially from ads displayed on copyrighted content – and access to YouTube video source code.

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Prosercunus said:
Finally Google gets the smack it deserves, I hate how people I talk with think Google is this moral company that defends the rights of privacy from big brother and sneaking eyes and at the same time helping the Chinese government oppresses their people off free information.
Xempler said:
China is a communist country. People there don't have the same rights as we do here in North America. However, with this ruling we might as well be a communist country. I guess big profits and corporate America trumps people's privacy.
canadian said:
You cant blame them for helping the Chinese government, they had the option of either working with them, or being blocked.
Greenman said:
Youtube is useless for viewing all things Viacom. If the show is 40 minutes long and I can only watch it in 5 minute snippets that I have to gather manually, why on earth would I waste my time on Youtube? Get real Viacom. You've just wasted your money on lawyers. Most of us would be happy to buy a subscription to something like Netflix, if they would just give us decent online viewing options - something better than 10,000 b-grade movies. Your money would have been better spent developing a way to use current technologies to create a new user base. Viacom - huh - bunch o' whiners...
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