Online Privacy v. Copyright Infringement

Looks like the copyright infringement allegers will win, when the judge has to choose between your online privacy rights and plaintiffs proving their infringement claims.  Check out the article on Yahoo.

This isn’t new, in the sense that Napster, Grokster, and other similar cases involved the sued company turning over information about the users and what they viewed.  However, youtube logs of what videos were viewed by whom, may very well feel different to youtube users.  Where the successors to Napster advertised themselves as another way to violate the property interests of copyright holders, youtube has not.  The primary focus of youtube has been to help the general public publish their own diatribes, and silly sexy commentaries on obscure definitions or concepts, but not so much to view pirated full-length feature films.

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Maryland technology attorney and college professor.

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