Google, Viacom privacy accord leaves unanswered questions

July 15, 2008

masks.jpgGoogle and Viacom reached a late night accord on safeguarding the anonymity of Google YouTube viewers. Google will no longer have to hand over the user names and IP addresses of its viewers.

But what of the scuffle around the viewership data of Google and YouTube’s own employees? CNET’s Greg Sandoval reported last week the negotiations stalled on Google’s unwillingness to turn over information on its own employees, citing unnamed sources.

In other words, how would Viacom’s $1 billion copyright infringement suit against Google turn out if the data showed YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley viewing and uploading “Colbert Report” videos?

No word on this yet.


Keep an eye on:

  • Microsoft says the Xbox 360 will outsell Sony’s PS3 over the lifetime of the consoles. (Reuters)
  • Provigil: the drug of choice for Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. (TechCrunch)
  • Carl Icahn to Yahoo’s Jerry Yang: “‘I like you, but I have to get rid of you.” (NYTimes)
  • AOL launches personal finance site Walletpop. (Reuters)
  • Netflix subscribers can soon watch streamed movies over the Xbox 360. (Reuters)

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