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Watch What You Watch on YouTube - Big Brother Is Watching
Posted by Administrator at Sunday, July 6th, 2008 at 4:30PM :: Email this article :: Print this article

Viacom Wins Right To Cruise YouTube Records
(source: marketingVOX)

Google has been ordered to surrender the data of users that watch YouTube videos, including videos streamed on other websites, to Viacom.

The ruling was made by Judge Stanton of the federal court for the Southern District of New York.

YouTube user data now available to Viacom includes usernames, videos viewed and IP addresses, which Viacom can use to identify some individuals through ISPs - making users potentially liable for copyrighted material they consumed, the same way the RIAA pursued peer-to-peer file sharers.

But as Mashable points out, the ruling was made in part because of a recent Google blog post claiming IP addresses do not necessarily constitute as "personally identifiable information."

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has protested Judge Stanton's decision.

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