Negative publicity forces Viacom to narrow scope of discovery request from YouTube, redacting usernames

News: Michael Arrington of Tech Crunch has the lowdown on the agreement reached by Viacom and YouTube to allow YouTube to redact usernames and IP addresses from the logs of videos watched on YouTube.

Analysis: At least Viacom is not being pig-headed about the way it litigates its copyright lawsuit against YouTube. Although Viacom initially sought the usernames and IP addresses and persuaded the court to force YouTube to turn the information over (potentially in violation of the VPPA), now Viacom realizes the public relations nightmare that was brewing among users of YouTube — who also may watch Viacom shows. This is a sensible narrowing of Viacom’s discovery request because Viacom really wants to go after YouTube, not smaller fish.  Also, it probably takes care of any VPPA problem.

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