Google Gives Identities Of YouTube Users To Fox

Feb 14, 2007 • 10:28 am | comments (0) by | Filed Under Other Google Topics

A WebmasterWorld thread has discussion on recent news that Google's YouTube has handed over the identity of two YouTube users. These YouTube users uploaded Fox Network's 24 and other shows, prior to them being aired on Fox. This upset Fox and encouraged them to subpoena YouTube for the information of the users who uploaded the shows.

eOnline reports:

The studio said Friday that video-sharing Websites YouTube and LiveDigital have complied with a subpoena demanding the identity of the two users who allegedly posted the Emmy-winning drama's four-hour season opener, in its entirety, days before its airdate and nearly simultaneous DVD release.

"We intend to use the information provided to pursue all available legal remedies against those who infringed our copyrights," 20th Century Fox media relations VP Chris Alexander said in a statement to E! Online.

Brett Tabke feels this is actually good for Google because, "Google was not implicated in any wrong doing here - they were just the vehicle. Google comes out of this like a rose and sends a strong signal to YouTube users to shape up, or we will out you. That cuts 99% of the problem out at the source."

Other WebmasterWorld members find this funny, because all Fox is going to be getting are "the fake identity of the user or users who allegedly posted..."

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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