by Mike Masnick
Fri, Jan 8th 2010 4:16pm
The Viacom vs. Google/YouTube lawsuit has become something of a running joke in legal circles over the amount of time it's taken to run through the discovery process and actually get the lawsuit moving. However, people are now expecting the case to finally move forward. Both Google and Viacom have asked for summary judgment, claiming that there's enough evidence that a trial isn't needed. That's all to be expected. What's odd, though, is that Viacom's filing has pretty much the entire "background" section redacted. Check out page two on the document below:
I'm trying to figure out what could possibly be so confidential as to require redacting in such a case. Maybe the details of why Viacom thinks Google can identify which clips are infringing when even Viacom couldn't properly identify infringing clips and included a bunch that it had put online itself. Because thinking that Google can figure out Viacom's intentions when even Viacom can't figure them out certainly seems like a pretty big mystery to me.
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