YouTube: concerns about copyright vs. a violation of privacy

“Dismissing privacy concerns, a federal judge overseeing a $US1 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 Viacom and other copyright holders argued that they needed the data to show whether their copyright-protected videos are more heavily watched than amateur clips. “The data would not be publicly released but disclosed only to the plaintiffs, and it would include less specific identifiers than a user’s real name or email address.” The rest of this article is available from The Age website.