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October 21, 2006

YouTube Gives Lawyers User Data

posted by MR WAVETHEORY at 10/21/2006 12:48:00 AM
Twin Towers, January 2001
Marketwatch has an interesting article. Apparently, YouTube users don't have much privacy when using the service. YouTube caved in when Paramount Pictures asked for data about a user who uploaded the Twin Towers video onto the video sharing website.
On May 24, lawyers for Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Pictures convinced a federal judge in San Francisco to issue a subpoena requiring YouTube to turn over details about a user who uploaded dialog from the movie studio's "Twin Towers," according to a copy of the document.

'I was happy to utilize YouTube when it was still not clearly established. It felt a bit utopian, even though the days for that were clearly numbered.'
— Chris Moukarbel, filmmaker

YouTube promptly handed over the data to Paramount, which on June 16 sued the creator of the 12-minute clip, New York City-based filmmaker Chris Moukarbel, for copyright infringement, in federal court in Washington.
That YouTube chose to turn over the data, rather than simply remove the offending video from its site -- as it did Friday when it agreed to take down 30,000 videos at the request of a group of Japanese media companies -- came as a surprise to copyright experts.
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