Turns Out Viacom Is Really Interested In What Google Employees Are Uploading/Viewing On YouTube

from the Google-janitors-are-supposed-to-know-copyright-laws dept

With all the fuss over a court telling Google it needs to give Viacom its log files, Google and Viacom have been discussing ways to hand over the data and retain anonymity (not an easy task). However, apparently one key point is that Viacom is most interested in finding out what Google employees were uploading and viewing on YouTube. That's an interesting, if sneaky, strategy, as in theory Viacom could use that to try to prove that Google employees "knew" that certain content was infringing, which potentially could remove some DMCA safe harbors. However, that would be a huge stretch in terms of the meaning of the law. If anything, this move shows how much Viacom's case appears to be based on grasping at straws. If the best it can do is try to show that some Google employees viewed or uploaded infringing material, that's a pretty weak case -- rather than focusing on the fundamental issue of how much responsibility Google has over the content users upload.

Filed Under: copyright, dmca, employees, ip address, privacy, usernames
Companies: google, viacom, youtube


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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Jul 2008 @ 10:56am

    Re: Watching?

    That's kind of the point, though: if a YouTube techie watched a clip that was copyrighted, then Google loses the defense that they didn't know. That is, they left it up intentionally even when they knew it was infringing.

    But has been noted before, there's no real good way to tell the difference between pirated content and content that was posted legitamately. also, just because an employee did know a clip was infringing, that doesn't mean that the employee told the rest of the corporation or took actions they should have to have the clip removed.

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