Friday, July 4, 2008

Independence Day

Judge Orders YouTube to Give Data to Viacom

Posted: 03 Jul 2008 08:00 PM CDT from
Crooks and Liars, by Nicole Belle

(Re-posted here 04 July)

It’s a brave new world, I tell you…

New TeeVee:

If you wanted to keep your obsession with hyperactive YouTube phenomeon “Fred” a secret, you’re in for some bad news. A federal judge yesterday ordered that records of every video watched on YouTube be handed over to Viacom as part of its ongoing $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit against Google.

According to the ruling:

The motion to compel production of all data from the Logging database concerning each time a YouTube video has been viewed on the YouTube website or through embedding on a third-party website is granted.

In case you were wondering::

Defendants’ “Logging” database contains, for each instance a video is watched, the unique “login ID” of the user who watched it, the time when the user started to watch the video, the internet protocol address other devices connected to the internet use to identify the user’s computer (”IP address”), and the identifier for the video.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is up in arms over the ruling and has a breakdown of how this decision may actually violate federal law.

(See the entire article with comments at New Tee Vee)

This appears to have spurred the evolution of Chrome and Firefox add-ins that run in "no-track" mode...