The court decision is not final, but it is still a little optimistic sign for Google and YouTube users, in the legal battle between their video service and Viacom, a network that includes MTV, Nikelodean, Paramount and Dreamworks .
A federal court in New York found the media company’s accusations that accuse Google of breaking the law valid by posting 160,000 videos with programs on its network on unauthorized ways.
The videos in question were viewed 1.5 billion times.
The court now requires Google to provide Viacom with the records of all videos in question, along with the names and IP addresses of the users who viewed them.
The company’s aim, with the court’s request, is to prove that unauthorized videos are more popular than authorized videos and to continue with this attempt to limit the action of the popular video site.
At issue is the privacy of users who have accessed the content.
In favor of Google the court decided to open the source code of the service.
Viacom asked for it to be opened in order to facilitate the blocking of unauthorized videos by copyright holders on the service.
The court denied the request because it considered the information to be a business secret.
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