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Google must divulge the viewing habits of every user who has ever watched any video on YouTube, a US court has ruled.

The ruling comes as part of Google's legal battle with Viacom over allegations of copyright infringement.

Digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) called the ruling a "set-back to privacy rights".

The viewing log, which will be handed to Viacom, contains the log-in ID of users, the computer IP address (online identifier) and video clip details.

While the legal battle between the two firms is being contested in the US, it is thought the ruling will apply to YouTube users and their viewing habits everywhere.

Viacom, which owns MTV and Paramount Pictures, has alleged that YouTube is guilty of massive copyright infringement.


Q&A here.

Hmm. Looks like it's probably still safe enough to watch copyrighted clips (which includes fanvids and so on as well as TV shows and films) as long as you've got a dynamic IP address, but a little worrying nonetheless.

Conspiracy theory department: The chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee ("Britain's top spy") is unconscious in hospital with an unknown illness. Curious, the fates that befall people involved with Iraq investigations and dossiers. Probably just coincidence, though.

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endless_psych
Jul. 4th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
I think technically you shouldn't have any problems viewing copywrited material on youtube. For a start no companys going to be mad enough to start suing such a large user base and there far, far more likely to go after the people posting the clips. Although even that seems unlikley seeing as they are going for the meat and suing google.
marcella_riddle
Jul. 4th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
Tbh I'd like to see them try. And undoubtedly fail. There's just way too much data for them to collect. Totally impractical.
londonkds
Jul. 4th, 2008 10:16 am (UTC)
I think this only applies to people who actually had registered IDs on YouTube, and if you just watch videos without registering they won't get your info.
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poliphilo
Jul. 4th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
It makes me wonder whether I ever want to watch anything produced by Paramount ever again.
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