Friday, March 26, 2010

Leak investigation in Viacom v. YouTube case?

So says CNET:

Parties in the Viacom-Google copyright court case plan to meet Friday to discuss an investigation into leaked materials at the heart of two CNET stories from last fall, according to multiple sources.

Judge Louis Stanton is expected to discuss the progress of an investigation into who leaked court documents related to the depositions of Google CEO Eric Schmidt and YouTube managers, revealing that Google knew it was overpaying for the video upload site in 2005 and that YouTube managers were likewise aware that copyright material was being uploaded to the site, according to the sources. It's not clear whether a person or persons involved in the leak will be identified, but the parties--including representatives for a class of plaintiffs suing Google--will meet in the U.S District Court for the Southern District of New York to discuss the matter.

CNET's story suggests that the investigation may relate to articles it published last October (see here and here), which cited deposition testimony and documents that were apparently covered by a protective order. And keep in mind that Viacom and YouTube are not the only parties to this matter, which also includes the plaintiffs in the Premier League putative class action.

(Updated to reflect that the matter also includes the Premier League case.)


  1. I sense technical dismissals coming here, Ben. What about you? That would be travesty of justice. This country needs to hear this decision ... and soon!

    This judge needs to do his job!

    I REPEAT! Where is the Justice Department???

    George Riddick
    Imageline, Inc.

  2. "I REPEAT! Where is the Justice Department???"

    Probably wondering where the 5 initiatives George is "announcfing" in the press release on his site are?

    And when's that big redesign gonna land? It's saying November 2009. It's March 2010. Isn't it time you changed the date to June 2010 and then missed that too?


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