Youtube/Viacom Update

<>< Josh Rule : : 2008 MCPP Intern

Viacom has relented! Well, at least a little bit.  A BBC news article had a bit more to say on the topic, but it looks like Youtube, and by extension, Google, will not have to provide potentially personally identifying information to Viacom.  The internet movie giant will still have to provide histories of every video ever watched on Youtube, but they will not be providing data that could potentially be used to identify someone.

Neither will Youtube be forced to divulge many of its search algorithms, the trade secrets of search engines like Youtube and Google, which is good news.  Now, whether one argues these algorithms should be available for everyone to study or not is another issue.  The thing worth celebrating here is that whether or not they have to give up these secrets is still their choice.  They are free to do with their discoveries what they wish.  Intellectual property rights are maintained, and that is a good thing.


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