Viacom is suing Google for posting videos on Youtube that are its intellectual property. Metallica of the online video world?
But that’s not the scary part. As part of the suit, Viacom has requested, and U.S. District Judge Louis L. Stanton has approved, that Google must hand over the user name’s and IP addresses, and search data of its users. Now, don’t worry Viacom says they only want it to determine when, and how many people watch Viacom’s videos, and they promise they won’t go after any individuals.
Dangerous precedent anyone?
Judge Stanton, (whose phone number is 212-805-0252 and fax 212-805-0389 and whose clerk is Samson Enzer with a facebook page) dismissed the idea that this information was protected by the Video Privacy Protection Act because user ids weren’t enough to establish identity.
So in the interim be careful what you search for, or better yet let Viacom know how you feel in the search box of Youtube. For example. Happy searching.