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That data includes every YouTube username, the associated IP address and the videos that user has watched on YouTube. Google will also be required to hand over copies of every video removed from Youtube for any reason (DMCA notices or user-initiated deletions). Stanton dismissed Google’s argument that the order will violate user privacy, saying such privacy concerns are merely “speculative.”
Who identifies the porn on Youtube ? According to Youtube, its regular users who police the site. Personally, I dont believe it. Whether its individuals or technology that keep porn off of Youtube, it really doesn't matter. If Viacom can use this data to show that Youtube manages the presentation of porn in any way, then they lose their DMCA protection.
It's been suggested that there's nothing preventing Google from fulfilling the order by delivering the 20+ terabytes of data on paper.
This maybe isn't as bad as it sounds. Part of the condition of the order is that Viacom are only allowed to use the information to prove that there is a lot of piracy going on through YouTube, they're not allowed to use it to actually go after or contact any individual users.
Well, no. Legal fictions are defacto real in court. You can't just go "oh since we know anyway...." Allot of concerns here but the notion they can use restricted evidence in this case for other cases is not one.
BBC News: Viacom has "backed off" from demands to divulge the viewing habits of every user who has ever watched a video on YouTube, the website has claimed. . . The new ruling means that Google will still have to hand over the data logs but in an "anonymized form", meaning it will not divulge usernames and IP data.An earlier Viacom request that Google be forced to hand over the source code of YouTube has already been denied by a US court on the grounds it is a "trade secret".