YouTube will not have to provide private data

Next sequel in YouTube-Viacom litigation. You tube was requested by a judge to handover Viacom the IP address and list of viewed clips of each viewer. (See Blog of 10th July) Fortunately, YouTube and Viacom reached an agreement. The data will be anonymized before to be passed to Viacom.

This is at least true for normal users. Viacom maintains the requests of these identified data for YouTube’s employees. The objective is to prove that YouTube was aware of these infringements. In retaliation, YouTube will ask the same data for Viacom’s employees who browsed YouTube. The objective is to detect eventual Viacom’s people posting copyrighted clips.

Let’s wait next movement. Nevertheless, we can applause two companies that found an agreement on a legal decision that preserves privacy.

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