Remember when Google and Viacom were friends? Ah, those were the days. But not anymore. Over a year ago, Viacom filed suit against Google for the copyright infringment found on YouTube videos. In the latest plot point in the ongoing saga, U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton has ruled that Google can keep its source code secret, but must hand over user logs for the popular video sharing site.
Viacom says it wanted the code to prove that Google could use it to “purposely” find the content in question. Nice try, Viacom. Google’s code, of course, is a trade secret. But it’s almost a wonder the judge protected the code, because he ruled that Viacom can have access to the user logs. Data to be released includes user names, IP addresses, and videos watched.
Google has often defended its data collection, saying it’s not a threat to privacy. It appears the argument worked a little too well on Judge Stanton.
For a history of the Google-Viacom battle, check out these links:
Google Fights Back in Viacom/YouTube Copyright Suit
Others Join YouTube, Google Copyright Lawsuit
Viacom Would Rather Not Sue, Chief Counsel Claims
Google to Viacom: Don’t Turn YouTube into SueTube