Wave The Flag For Our Freedoms

In commemoration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, we bring you this tech news note:

The copyright litigation between Google and Viacom over video uploaded by users continues. Now, a judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has ordered Google to hand over data on every YouTube user, including username, the associated IP address, and a list of all the the videos that user ever watched.

How ridiculous is that? One blogger has suggested that they deliver the data printed out and drown them with paper. Viacom is seeking more than $1 billion in damages for alleged copyrighted material on YouTube.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation believes this ruling violates the Video Privacy Protection Act which forbids the disclosure of personally identifiable rental data without a consumer's consent.


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