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Appropriately enough, YouTube chose Independence Day to release a response to the court order it received yesterday to hand over user information to Viacom as part the media giant’s ongoing $1 billion lawsuit against the video sharing service. Here’s an excerpt from the YouTube blog: As […]

Appropriately enough, YouTube chose Independence Day to release a response to the court order it received yesterday to hand over user information to Viacom as part the media giant’s ongoing $1 billion lawsuit against the video sharing service. Here’s an excerpt from the YouTube blog:

As you may have seen in the news, YouTube received a court order to produce viewing data from our database, including usernames and IP addresses. In order to protect our community’s privacy, we strongly opposed this motion when Viacom and others filed it.

The court felt differently and ordered us to produce the data. Viacom said that they need general viewing information to determine the proportion of views on YouTube of copyright infringing content vs. non-infringing content.

Of course, we have to follow legal process. But since IP addresses and usernames aren’t necessary to determine general viewing practices, our lawyers have asked their lawyers to let us remove that information before we hand over the data they’re seeking.

Well, I’m sure if they ask nicely

  1. It is time the courts and legislatures put an end to the shady business practices pioneered by YouTube and copied by countless other web sites. The safe harbor provisions must be scarpped too and everyone taking part in distributing copyrighted content illegaly without the rights holders’ permission must be punished.

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  2. Kumar,

    Get a Life you Corporate Shill!

    Go Google and Youtube!!!!

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  3. and on appeal we will all feel safer. government will put us in the clink for desiring a bit of privacy. good luck u-tube.

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  4. [...] = YouTube Responds to Court Order News [...]

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  5. Waa Waa Waa. I’m Viacom and I’m sad because I am making lots of money.

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  6. Viacommunists beware.

    There’s a google more people who love YouTube than love Viacom. (exaggerating a small bit there. )

    We (those who demand free speech) will ultimately overcome.

    Resistance is futile.

    Time, Human Spirit, & Technology are your enemy.

    Be afraid.

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  7. Kumar you are a bastard. Get a f*****g life you worthless POS. Viacom is going on a sleazy fishing expedition just so they can pad their salaries that much more and screw over some poor college kid, take his savings, and act just as petty and frivolus as the MPAA.
    Our government has real things to worry about like getting are armed forces home in one piece or dealing with the price of oil. Fuck Viacom and their waste of TAXPAYERS money in court costs that only benifit them.

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  8. Youtube4life Friday, July 4, 2008

    Kumar,you’re a POS.

    Why they ruin everything that’s good and young people like…bastards.

    YOUTUBE rulez.

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  9. The Third Troll Saturday, July 5, 2008

    Somebody hand Viacom over to the Starship Enterprise so Nurse Chappel can give Sumner his night meds?

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  10. Wanna hit Viacom hard where it hurts?

    Call up your cable/satellite TV provider and DISCONNECT all Viacom networks or the whole service if that is what it takes. It will put more $ in your pocket too.

    If you must watch TV, Get it from free over the air sources with an antenna. You’ve still got ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, & PBS. They are going Digital too. If you feel you absolutely MUST have more, you may want to consider getting therapy. TV is fiction. The real world is what matters.

    Get your Information from other sources like reputable web sites, good books, and friends and family. If you have something to express these three sources can also be channels.

    Television is a 20th century dinosaur. ( Unless you have complete control of what is on, the TV is your enemy)

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