Court Orders Google to Give Viacom Records on All Videos

July 3rd, 2008 at 12:00 am

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Youtube has a very lenient policy to copyright infringement.  With a gazillion videos in their servers and just an office full of people scouring their database for pirated videos, it’s really quite easy to get original copyright videos on Youtube.  Of course some valiant brown noser might flag it or the video owner might request Youtube to take it down.  All without persecuting users who duplicated original content and posted it online.

However, that may be about to change.  Google, the owner of Youtube, has been in a court battle with Viacom regarding these infractions since the search engine acquired the video sharing site.  Today, a judge in New York handed down a decision that will put Youtube users in Viacom’s crosshairs.

The order states that Google hand over all records of all videos uploaded and watched on Youtube including user names and IP addresses to Viacom.  Google argued that handing over the data would invade its users’ privacy, however the judge ignored the argument. The EFF has already labeled the decision a violation of the Video Privacy Protection act that “threatens to expose deeply private information.”

Still the order stands.  Read it here