Google & YouTube Turn Over User ID to Fox reports that Google has complied with subpoenas issued by the U.S. District Court in Northern California and provided 20th Century Fox the identities of two individuals who illegally uploaded entire episodes of “24” to YouTube prior to its broadcast and DVD release.

This seems within Google’s rights, as YouTube’s ToS clearly prohibits uploading copyright-protected content, and its privacy policy affirms they will comply with subpoenas.

Loren Baker at Search Engine Journal wonders, however, if Google’s marketing relationship with Fox Interactive (providing ads for MySpace) influenced their willingness to provide the information without much of a fight…


  1. oh pleaseee, stop reading more into it, google has every right to turn over the criminals who upload copyrighted material. It will hopefully send a message to others that they will be punished.

  2. Namaste,

    It’s fine for child molesters etc., but the problem is that they give out EVERYONE’s info. Not only people who infringe on the copyright of others. Besides, if they put videos of Fox news reports on YouTube, that should fall under the Fair Use Doctrine.

    “Fair use is a doctrine in United States copyright law that allows limited use of copyrighted material without requiring permission from the rights holders, such as for commentary, criticism, news reporting, research, teaching or scholarship.” (wikipedia)

    Please see:

    Court Orders Google to Give All YouTube User Histories to Viacom … requiring Google to turn over every record of every video watched by YouTube users, including users’ login and IP addresses, to Viacom …

    … when you subscribe to a channel on YouTube, the Google-owned video sharing site publicly broadcasts this fact by putting your user information on that channel’s page for anyone to see … So, what can we take from this? Either YouTube doesn’t realize what kind of personal viewing data they’re making public without giving users proper notice or the ability to easily opt out, or they simply assume everyone wants to share all of their viewing interests with the entire universe, and since no one has complained, there must not be a problem. Unbelievable.

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