Music labels face the inevitable counter-punch to their years of merciless litigation against file-sharers in the US courts, with the coalition of the willing beginning to show significant cracks as key players reconsider their support for the RIAA.
A huge salvo was sent across the music industry bows this week, when the judge in the famed Napster case, Judge Miriam Hall Patel, calling for major copyright reforms,
Her plan includes a new public/private body to preside over the licensing and enforcement of copyright, Listening Post informs.
Google has asked Viacom for permission to strip information which could help the latter firm identify individual YouTube users from the data a US court has said it must hand to Viacom.
US district judge Louis Stanton declared that Google must hand Viacom huge amounts of data detailing every video ever watched on YouTube – and also information on who watched the clip.
This is part of a copyright infringement case Viacom is mounting against Google. Viacom wants this data in order to ascertain just how much traffic unauthorised material creates on the online video service, in order to help it pursue its case and the $1 billion damages Viacom is suing Google for. The internet giant’s senior legal counsel told C21 Media, “We will ask Viacom to respect users’ privacy and allow us to anonymise the logs before producing them under the court’s order.”