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YouTube asked to submit logging information of its users

Video sharing site YouTube has been ordered by a court in US to divulge the logging information of its users. The ruling came in response to a $1 billion copyright-infringement lawsuit filed by Viacom which demanded to review all of YouTube’s logging information to prove that copyrighted clips are more popular than amateur videos on the site.

Video sharing site YouTube has been ordered by a court in US to divulge the logging information of its users. The ruling came in response to a $1 billion copyright-infringement lawsuit filed by Viacom which demanded to review all of YouTube’s logging information to prove that copyrighted clips are more popular than amateur videos on the site.

The logging data includes how often users watch videos, how much time they spend doing it, their username and their Internet Protocol addresses, the unique identification assigned to individual computers and devices, reports SFGate.

Google, which owns YouTube, has requested the judge to reconsider the ruling. “We see no reason why Viacom and the other plaintiffs seek or require such information,” Google has said in a letter filed with the court. “Given plaintiffs’ stated reason for seeking information from the logging database … potentially personal identifiable information should be irrelevant.”

Update

YouTube has entered into a deal with Viacom to protect the identities of its users when handing over their video viewing records. Under the deal, YouTube will replace personal information such as login names and internet protocol addresses with numbers or other data that cannot be used to tie the information back to specific users. [Source: Financial Times]

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