Viacom Lawyers Showing Bit of Ingenuity in YouTube Case

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Viacom Lawyers Showing Bit of Ingenuity in YouTube Case

Mon Jul 14, 2008 @ 05:31PM PST

Posted by Eriq Gardner

Youtube_logo Wow, handing over records of every video watched by YouTube users is sure expensive. According to analysis by e-discovery firm Metalincs, the cost of culling and then delivering 12 terabytes is likely to run YouTube as high as $12 million. Still, paying $12 million to save $1 billion (the amount Viacom wants in its lawsuit) is still good math.

However, Viacom is offering a compromise, according to CNet. Facing consumer concerns about privacy, the media giant is telling YouTube that it really only wants the private viewing data of YouTube employees, including co-founder Chad Hurley.

A bit of gamesmanship and it looks like Viacom is winning. According to CNet, "Google and Viacom were close to reaching a deal last week about masking user data when Google backed out."

UPDATE: YouTube and Viacom reached a deal where the user-generated video site will be allowed to mask the identities of individual users when it provides viewership records to Viacom

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