YouTube ordered to hand over user info to Viacom

0 Posted by - July 3, 2008 - Blog, Screen

In a move that has privacy advocates either piping mad or peeing in their boots, as US Federal court has ordered Google to hand over YouTube user records, including the videos each user has watched, their usernames and IP addresses.

Viacom is suing Google for not doing enough to keep its copyrighted videos from television shows such as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report off the popular website YouTube. […]

The company argued it needed access to the information on user viewing habits to prove that copyright-infringing material is more popular than user-generated videos on YouTube, which would strengthen its case against Google.

In a ruling issued on Tuesday, Louis Stanton, a judge with the U.S. District Court for the southern district of New York, agreed with Viacom and ordered Google to turn over the information.

Google argued user data should not be handed over because of privacy concerns, but Stanton dismissed those concerns as “speculative.”

In protest I’m going to download torrents of the Daily Show yet refuse to watch them. Either that or visit the crowd lining up outside the Colbert Report studios and shower them with Google juice.

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