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Court order on YouTube user data fans privacy fears

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO -- A U.S. judge's order to Google Inc to turn over YouTube user data to Viacom Inc sparked an outcry Thursday from privacy advocates in the midst of a legal showdown over video piracy.

Viacom, owner of movie studio Paramount and MTV Networks, requested the information as part of its US$1-billion copyright infringement lawsuit against the popular online video service and its deep-pocketed parent, Google.

Judge Louis Stanton of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ordered Google Tuesday to turn over as evidence a database with usernames of YouTube viewers, what videos they watched when, and users' computer addresses.

Why not target the posters of copyright videos...instead of the viewers?
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Amazing !!!

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How a many times a private company can violate civil rights !!!!

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(NT) civil rights?

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sure 'tis

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who's responsible?

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They should make site owners responsible for content and require service providers to not discriminate based on content, and indemnify them to insure it. Blaming service providers for content is like blaming distillers for drunk drivers, since not all who drink do so with purpose of having too much, then driving.

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Sounds to me

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.... that a database with usernames of YouTube viewers, what videos they watched when, and users' computer addresses is getting into matters that computer users keep private.

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sounds like another case of a tech-illiterate court

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... not knowledgable enough to make an informed decision and so just gives in to the big company's manipulation.

"Why not target the posters of copyright videos...instead of the viewers?"

that's exactly what I thought. A simple viewer has no way of telling what content is copyrighted and what isn't, and so how can they be responsible for viewing copyrighted content?

The company has no justifiable need for that information and so has absolutely no right to it.

A person doesn't need to login there with their username to watch the videos anyway, and links YouTube video's are on sites all over the WWW so they're just targeting a tiny fraction of the actual viewers.

I have an account there so I guess that database includes me.

Stupid judge!

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