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Future chance, future challenge for the Apple TV

Apple’s “hobby” the Apple TV has a chance at becoming a ubiquitous household item, though the company may need to add support for non-Apple media services and implement many new features if it seriously intends making an iPod-level impact on this important growing market.

The reason Apple has the chance is visible in the growing momentum behind development of solutions to bring online video to the front room – a sector becoming quickly more intense.

Online video on-demand services such as iTunes or Hulu are hot properties, meaning many more devices – including TVs offering features similar to the Apple TV – should begin to reach market en masse starting next year. And even if Apple does not develop such solutions there will still be winners and losers in the race to offer the ‘iPod’ equivalent of the multimedia for the front room box.

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Google begs privacy in Viacom YouTube case

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.”

Google must pass YouTube user records to Viacom

Google must provide Viacom with every record of every video watched by YouTube users, including user names and IP addresses, a US judge declared yesterday. Viacom is suing Google for allowing clips of its copyright videos to show up on YouTube, and says it wants the data in order to prove that “infringing material is more popular than user-created videos”. It hopes to suck more money out of the internet giant if it succeeds in its prosecution of YouTube.

It’s all fallout from Viacom’s March 2007 case. The content provider wants a billion dollars in damages in settlement for Google/YouTube allowing users to upload clips of Viacom’s copyright material. Google argues that its willingness to comply with copyright takedown requests is its defence under law.

While Google tried to argue that handing over the data Viacom is demanding would infringe on user privacy, the judge didn’t agree. TheĀ Electronic Frontier Foundation, however, does, and has condemned the judge’s decision.

“The Court’s erroneous ruling is a set-back to privacy rights, and will allow Viacom to see what you are watching on YouTube. We urge Viacom to back off this overbroad request and Google to take all steps necessary to challenge this order and protect the rights of its users,” said EFF.