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2008-07-10 09:00:34

By Sarah Jenkins In the blogosphere, the billion-dollar clash between Viacom and YouTube is being portrayed as a battle of media giants, with "old" media behemoth Viacom out to strip away everything fun from "new" media phenomenon YouTube and its millions of Web viewers. It's also pitched as YouTube as the protector of prized Internet privacy, with Viacom -- and the federal judge who ruled in the corporation's favor last week -- primed to find out everything about who YouTube users are and...

2008-07-06 15:00:04

By JOSEPH MENN and JESSICA GUYNN, SPECIAL FROM THE LOS ANGELES TIMES A billion-dollar court clash between old- and new-media giants took on unexpected privacy ramifications this week when a federal judge ordered YouTube to hand over the log-on names and Internet addresses of every person who has viewed material on the Web's top video site. Viacom Inc. wants YouTube's logs to help determine if unauthorized material makes up a major share of what gets watched there. The media giant, which...

2008-07-05 18:00:04

By Miguel Helft A U.S. judge has ordered Google to turn over to Viacom its records of which users watched which videos on YouTube, the Web's largest video site by far. The order raised concerns among YouTube users and privacy advocates that the video-viewing habits of tens of millions of people could be exposed. But Google and Viacom said they were hoping to come up with a way to protect the anonymity of the site's visitors. Viacom also said that the information would be safeguarded by...

2008-07-04 15:00:07

By MARTIN WILLIAMS GOOGLE has been ordered to expose the viewing habits of every user who has watched YouTube, the internet's largest video site, it emerged last night. The order from a district court judge in New York has raised concerns among users and privacy campaigners that the online video viewing habits of hundreds of millions of people worldwide could be revealed. The ruling came as part of Google's legal battle with Viacom, the parent company of Paramount Pictures, Dreamworks...

2008-07-04 15:00:07

By ANICK JESDANUN Lawyers for Google, which owns YouTube, said producing the huge amount of data would be expensive, time-consuming and a threat to users' privacy. NEW YORK -- Dismissing privacy concerns, a federal judge overseeing a $1-billion copyright-infringement lawsuit against YouTube has ordered the popular online video-sharing service to disclose who watches which video clips and when. U.S. District Judge Louis L. Stanton authorized full access to the YouTube logs after...

2008-07-04 09:00:18

By JOSEPH MENN By Joseph Menn and Jessica Guynn Los Angeles Times A billion-dollar court clash between old- and new-media giants took on unexpected privacy ramifications this week when a federal judge ordered YouTube to hand over the log-on names and Internet addresses of every person who has viewed material on the Web's top video site. That encompasses tens of millions of people. Viacom Inc. wants YouTube's logs to help determine if unauthorized material makes up a major share of...

2008-07-04 09:00:02

By Robert Verkaik Law Editor The personal viewing habits and online identities of millions of YouTube users are to be handed over to an American media giant after a court rejected arguments that such a move amounted to a massive invasion of internet privacy. Under the terms of a US court judgment, Google, which owns YouTube, must now surrender the details of video-watching histories, IP addresses and usernames, to Viacom, which wants to use the data to prove that the site is hosting...

2008-07-03 18:00:04

Privacy advocates say they are concerned about a New York federal judge's order requiring Google to turn over a database of YouTube viewers. The order made public late Wednesday requires Google to turn over the database to Viacom, which is in the middle of a massive copyright lawsuit against Google. The New York Times said that while Viacom insists the privacy of the YouTube viewers will be protected, some privacy advocates said the case highlights the huge amounts of personal information...

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2008-07-03 16:00:00

A U.S. court has ruled that google must divulge the viewing habits of every user who has ever watched any video on YouTube. A "set-back to privacy rights" is what digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) called the ruling. Google's legal battle with Viacom over allegations of copyright infringement is what has sparked the ruling. Viacom will be handed a viewing log which contains the log-in ID of users, the computer IP address (online identifier) and video clip details....

2008-06-19 09:00:21

YouTube(TM), the leading online video community that allows people to discover, watch and share originally created videos, today introduced Personalized Homepage. The customizable homepage features new interactive modules that can be moved around, removed and replaced, in order to create a more personal and comprehensive video discovery experience. Alongside homepage regulars like Featured and Most Popular videos, the new homepage will include personalized recommendations (an...


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cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
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