Google Refuses to Hand Over Employee Data

Viacom wants to see what YouTube workers are uploading
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2008 9:17 AM CDT
Google is refusing to turn over records of its employees uploads to YouTube.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)
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(Newser) – Google is refusing to turn over records of content its employees at YouTube have uploaded, CNET reports. Two weeks ago, a judge ordered the company to disclose a huge set of user data, along with information on employees, as part of Viacom’s copyright claim. If workers uploaded copyright-protected material, the video-sharing site's protection under federal law could be in jeopardy.

YouTube has argued that it has no way of controlling what type of material is uploaded until a complaint is made. And NewTeeVee notes that Viacom says YouTube users and employees alike have nothing to fear, claiming users' identities will be used only within the confines of the case, and not to go after individuals later.