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Judge Orders YouTube to Give All User Histories to Viacom

By Ryan Singel EmailJuly 02, 2008 | 7:16:54 PMCategories: Copyrights and Patents  

Youtubelogo2 Google will have to turn over every record of every video watched by YouTube users, including users’ names and IP addresses, to Viacom, which is suing Google for allowing clips of its copyright videos to appear on YouTube, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Viacom wants the data to prove that infringing material is more popular than user-created videos, which could be used to increase Google’s liability if it is found guilty of contributory infringement.

Viacom filed suit against Google in March 2007, seeking more than $1 billion in damages for allowing users to upload clips of Viacom’s copyright material. Google argues that the law provides a safe harbor for online services so long as they comply with copyright takedown requests.

Although Google argued that turning over the data would invade its users’ privacy, the judge’s ruling (.pdf) described that argument as “speculative” and ordered Google to turn over the logs on a set of four tera-byte hard drives.

The judge also turned Google’s own defense of its data retention policies — that IP addresses of computers aren’t personally revealing in and of themselves, against it to justify the log dump.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has already reacted, calling the order a violation of the Video Privacy Protection act that “threatens to expose deeply private information.”

The order also requires Google to turn over copies of all videos that it has taken down for any reason.

Viacom also requested YouTube’s source code, the code for identifying repeat copyright infringement uploads, copies of all videos marked private, and Google’s advertising database schema.

Those requests were denied in whole, except that Google will have to turn over data about how often each private video has been watched and by how many persons.

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Olberman, Matthews removed from anchor seats at debates.

 Thanks to Fixed News and friends this is how we are to see the 2008 election. In the way we saw the RNC last month… which was a tragedy by all accounts to the memories of the families and others affected by the 9/11 disasters.  Gruesome and horrifying are two words to come to mind when seeing the images played behind the speakers.  When MSNBC correctly pointed that they were playing the fear card again, guess who suffered the blunt force attack… the RNC? nope, MSNBC! God bless the survivors, families and people who will not allow this to kill our precious democracy.  God bless any patriot who, on national TV, is not pushed aside and fights the good fight.  Thanks Keith!

MSNBC Boots Olbermann, Matthews From Anchor Chairs

Posted Sep 8, 08 5:27 AM CDT in PoliticsBusiness 

(Newser) – After months of criticism and pointed derision at the Republican convention, MSNBC will yank Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews from the anchor seats during this fall’s debates and election. NBC News correspondent David Gregory will host election coverage, while Olbermann and Matthews remain as commentators. Ratings at the struggling network have been up, but critics of the network have questioned its more partisan coverage.
Olbermann, whose program Countdown was recently renewed through 2013, has faced the most criticism for his blurring of news and commentary. But in a media environment dominated by Fox News, whose partisanship has given it the highest ratings of any 24-hour news network, some at MSNBC said the perceived leftward shift still made sense. “The bottom line is that we’re experiencing incredible success,” said MSNBC’s president.

Olberman, Matthews removed from anchor seats at debates.

 Thanks to Fixed News and friends this is how we are to see the 2008 election. In the way we saw the RNC last month… which was a tragedy by all accounts to the memories of the families and others affected by the 9/11 disasters.  Gruesome and horrifying are two words to come to mind when seeing the images played behind the speakers.  When MSNBC correctly pointed that they were playing the fear card again, guess who suffered the blunt force attack… the RNC? nope, MSNBC! God bless the survivors, families and people who will not allow this to kill our precious democracy.  God bless any patriot who, on national TV, is not pushed aside and fights the good fight.  Thanks Keith!

MSNBC Boots Olbermann, Matthews From Anchor Chairs

Posted Sep 8, 08 5:27 AM CDT in PoliticsBusiness 

(Newser) – After months of criticism and pointed derision at the Republican convention, MSNBC will yank Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews from the anchor seats during this fall’s debates and election. NBC News correspondent David Gregory will host election coverage, while Olbermann and Matthews remain as commentators. Ratings at the struggling network have been up, but critics of the network have questioned its more partisan coverage.
Olbermann, whose program Countdown was recently renewed through 2013, has faced the most criticism for his blurring of news and commentary. But in a media environment dominated by Fox News, whose partisanship has given it the highest ratings of any 24-hour news network, some at MSNBC said the perceived leftward shift still made sense. “The bottom line is that we’re experiencing incredible success,” said MSNBC’s president.