July 3, 2008
Forget about that Cavalallaceade Seth MacFarlane’s newfound intimate tryst with Google, Viacom’s taking uncomfortable peeks at our online undies.
Merely hours ago today, US District Court Judge Louis Stanton ordered Google to allow Viacom to access, basically, FUCKING EVERYTHING (that is, YouTube-related). This media monster (owner of manufactured-to-be-cooler entertainment companies like MTV and Nickelodeon) will now have the details of what we’re watching, what we’re not watching, and what we’re re-watching on YouTube. Aside from presenting Viacom with the potential of digging ears-deep in a marketing fantasy, the judge’s decision begs the question: um, what?
An AFP article explains: “Viacom is seeking the data as potential evidence for a billion-dollar copyright suit against Google, which Viacom charges acts as a willing accomplice to Internet users that put clips of Viacom’s copyrighted television programs on YouTube.”
While the data will allegedly remain anonymous, someone out there will know about my obsessive habits of watching (and replaying) pre-2000 Mariah Carey videos. Someone tell me this isn’t reminiscent of AOL’s oopsie in 2006.