Viacom International, Inc. et al v. Youtube, Inc. et al, No. 1:2007cv02103 - Document 117 (S.D.N.Y. 2008)

Court Description: OPINION AND ORDER #96195: For the reasons set forth in this Order; (1) The cross-motion for a protective order barring disclosure of the source code for the YouTube.com search function is granted, and the motion to compel production of that search code is denied; (2) The motion to compel production of the source code for the Video ID program is denied; (3) The motion to compel production of all removed videos is granted; (4) The motion to compel production of all data from the Logging database concerning each time a YouTube video has been viewed on the YouTube website or through embedding on a third-party website is granted; (5) the motion to compel production of those data fields which defendants have agreed to produce for the works-in-suit, for all videos that have been posted to the YouTube website is denied; (6) The motion to compel production of the schema for the Google Video Advertising database is denied; (7) The motion to compel production of the schema for the Google Video Content database is granted; and (8) The motion to compel production of the private videos and data related to them is denied at this time except to the extent it seeks production of the specified non-content data about such videos. So ordered. (Signed by Judge Louis L. Stanton on 7/1/2008) (tve) Modified on 7/2/2008 (mr).
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Viacom International, Inc. et al v. Youtube, Inc. et al Doc. 117 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK -------------------------------x VIACOM INTERNATIONAL INC., et al., Plaintiffs, 07 Civ. 2103 (LLS) v. YOUTUBE INC., YOUTUBE LLC, and GOOGLE INC., Defendants. -------------------------------x THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION PREMIER LEAGUE LIMITED, et al., on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, OPINION AND ORDER Plaintiffs, v. 07 Civ. 3582 (LLS) YOUTUBE INC., YOUTUBE LLC, and GOOGLE INC., Defendants. -------------------------------x Plaintiffs in these related lawsuits (the Viacom action and the Premier League class action ) claim to own the copyrights in specified television recordings, and programs, other motion pictures, music entertainment programs. They allege violations of the Copyright Act of 1976 (17 U.S.C. § 101 et seq.) by defendants YouTube1 and Google Inc., who own and operate the video-sharing website 1 Defendants YouTube Inc. and YouTube LLC are both referred to as YouTube. - 1 Dockets.Justia.com known as YouTube.com . Plaintiffs claim, as set forth in Viacom s First Amended Complaint ¶¶ 30-31, that: Defendants encourage individuals to upload videos to the YouTube site, where YouTube makes them available for immediate viewing by members of the public free of charge. Although YouTube touts itself as a service for sharing home videos, the well-known reality of YouTube s business is far different. YouTube has filled its library with entire episodes and movies and significant segments of popular copyrighted programming from Plaintiffs and other copyright owners, that neither YouTube nor the users who submit the works are licensed to use in this manner. Because YouTube users contribute pirated copyrighted works to YouTube by the thousands, including those owned by Plaintiffs, the videos deliver[ed] by YouTube include a vast unauthorized collection of Plaintiffs copyrighted audiovisual works. YouTube s use of this content directly competes with uses that Plaintiffs have authorized and for which Plaintiffs receive valuable compensation. . . . . When a user uploads a video, YouTube copies the video in its own software format, adds it to its own servers, and makes it available for viewing on its own website. A user who wants to view a video goes to the YouTube site . . . enters search terms into a search and indexing function provided by YouTube for this purpose on its site, and receives a list of thumbnails of videos in the YouTube library matching those terms . . . and the user can select and view a video from the list of matches by clicking on the thumbnail created and supplied by YouTube for this purpose. YouTube then publicly performs the chosen video by sending streaming video content from YouTube s servers to the user s computer, where it can be viewed by the user. Simultaneously, a copy of the chosen video is downloaded from the YouTube website to the user s computer. . . . Thus, the YouTube conduct that forms the basis of this - 2 - Complaint is not simply providing storage space, conduits, or other facilities to users who create their own websites with infringing materials. To the contrary, YouTube itself commits the infringing duplication, distribution, public performance, and public display of Plaintiffs copyrighted works, and that infringement occurs on YouTube s own website, which is operated and controlled by Defendants, not users. (Viacom s brackets). Plaintiffs allege that those are infringements which YouTube and Google induced and for which they are directly, vicariously or contributorily subject to damages of at least $1 billion (in the Viacom action), and injunctions barring such conduct in the future. Among other defenses, YouTube and Google claim the protection afforded by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 ( DMCA ) (17 U.S.C. §§ 512(c)-(d), (i)-(j)), which among other things limits the terms of injunctions, and bars copyright-damage provider who: awards, of an online service (1) performs a qualified storage or search function for internet users; knowledge against the infringing (2) lacks actual or imputed activity; (3) receives no financial benefit directly from such activity in a case where he has the right and ability to control it; (4) acts promptly to remove or disable access to the material when his designated agent is notified that it is infringing; (5) adopts, reasonably implements and publicizes a policy - 3 - of terminating repeat infringers; and (6) accommodates and does not interfere with standard technical measures used by copyright owners to identify or protect copyrighted works. Plaintiffs move jointly pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 37 to compel YouTube and Google to produce certain electronically stored information and documents, including a critical trade secret: the computer source code which controls both the YouTube.com search function and Google s internet search cross-move tool pursuant Google.com . to Fed. R. YouTube Civ. P. and 26(c) Google for a protective order barring disclosure of that search code, which they contend is responsible for Google s growth from its founding in 1998 to a multi-national presence with more than 16,000 employees and a market valuation of roughly $150 billion (Singhal Decl. ¶¶ 3, 11), and cannot disclosed without risking the loss of the business. - 4 - be 1. Search Code The search code is the product of over a thousand person-years of work. Singhal Decl. ¶ 9. There is no dispute that its secrecy is of enormous commercial value. Someone with access to it could readily perceive its basic design principles, and cause catastrophic competitive harm to Google by sharing them with others who might create their own programs without making the same investment. Id. ¶ 12. Plaintiffs seek production of the search code to support their claim that Defendants have purposefully designed or modified the tool to facilitate the location of infringing content. Pls. Reply 10. However, the predicate for that proposition is that the tool treats infringing material differently from innocent material, and plaintiffs offer no evidence that the search function can discriminate between infringing and non-infringing videos. YouTube and Google maintain that no source code in existence today can distinguish between infringing and noninfringing video clips certainly not without the active participation of rights holders (Defs. Cross-Mot. Reply 11), and Google engineer Amitabh penalty of perjury that: - 5 - Singhal declares under The search function employed on the YouTube website was not, in any manner, designed or modified to facilitate the location of allegedly infringing materials. The purpose of the YouTube search engine is to allow users to find videos they are looking for by entering text-based search terms. In some instances, the search service suggests search terms when there appears to be a misspelling entered by the user and attempts to distinguish between search terms with multiple meanings. Those functions are automated algorithms that run across Google s services and were not designed to make allegedly infringing video clips more prominent in search results than non-infringing video clips. Indeed, Google has never sought to increase the rank or visibility of allegedly infringing material over noninfringing material when developing its search services. Singhal Reply Decl. ¶ 2. Plaintiffs argue that the best way to determine whether those denials are true is to compel production and examination of the search code. Nevertheless, YouTube and Google should not be made to place this vital asset in hazard merely to allay speculation. A plausible showing that YouTube and Google s denials are false, and that the search function can and has been used to discriminate in favor of disclosure infringing of so content, valuable should and be required vulnerable an before asset is compelled. Nor do plaintiffs offer evidence supporting their conjecture that the YouTube.com search function might be adaptable into a program which - 6 - filters out infringing videos. Plaintiffs wish to demonstrate what Defendants have not done but could have to prevent infringements, Pls. Reply 12 (plaintiffs italics), but there may be other ways to show that filtering technology is feasible2 and reasonably could have been put in place. Finally, the protections set forth in the stipulated confidentiality order are careful and extensive, nevertheless not as safe as nondisclosure. occasion to rely on them, without a but There is no preliminary proper showing justifying production of the search code. Therefore, the cross-motion for a protective order is granted and the motion to compel production of the search code is denied. 2 In the Viacom action (Housley Decl. ¶ 2): Viacom is currently using fingerprinting technology provided by a company called Auditude in order to identify potentially infringing clips of Viacom s copyrighted works on the YouTube website. The fingerprinting technology automatically creates digital fingerprints of the audio track of videos currently available on the YouTube website and compares those fingerprints against a reference library of digital fingerprints of Viacom s copyrighted works. As this comparison is made, the fingerprinting technology reports fingerprint matches, which indicate that the YouTube clip potentially infringes one of Viacom s copyrighted works. - 7 - 2. Video ID Code Plaintiffs also move to compel production of another undisputed trade secret, the computer source code for the newly invented Video ID program. Using that program, copyright owners may furnish YouTube with video reference samples, which YouTube will use to search for and locate video clips in its library which have characteristics sufficiently matching those of the samples as to suggest infringement. That program s source code is the product of approximately 50,000 man hours of engineering time and millions of dollars of research and development costs , and maintaining others its from confidentiality creating is competing essential programs to prevent without any equivalent investment, and to bar users who wish to post infringing content onto YouTube.com from learning ways to trick the Video ID program and thus escape detection. Salem Decl. ¶¶ 8-12. Plaintiffs claim that they need production of the Video ID source code to demonstrate what defendants could be doing but are not to control infringement with the Video ID program (Pls. Reply 6). - 8 - However, plaintiffs can learn how observation the of its Video ID program operation works (Salem from Decl. ¶ use and 13), and examination of pending patent applications, documentation and white papers regarding Video ID (id.), all of which are available to them (see Defs. Opp. 7). If there is a way to and write a program that can identify thus control infringing videos, plaintiffs are free to demonstrate it, with or without reference to the way the Video ID program works. But the question is what infringement detection operations are possible, not how the Video ID source code makes it operate as it does. of the source method of code might The notion that examination suggest infringement how detection to make is a better speculative. Considered against its value and secrecy, plaintiffs have not made a sufficient showing of need for its disclosure. Therefore, the motion to compel production of the Video ID code is denied. 3. Removed Videos Plaintiffs seek copies of all videos that were once available removed for for public any viewing reason, or designate (Pls. Reply 41). on such YouTube.com but subsets plaintiffs as later Plaintiffs claim that their - 9 - direct access to the removed videos is essential to identify which (if any) infringe their alleged copyrights. Plaintiffs offer to supply the hard drives needed to receive those copies (id. 41), which defendants store on computer hard drives. Defendants concede that Plaintiffs should have some type of alleged access to removed infringements videos (Defs. in Opp. order 27), but to identify propose to make plaintiffs identify and specify the videos plaintiffs select as probable infringers by use of data such as their titles and topics and a search program (which defendants have furnished) that gives plaintiffs the capacity both to run searches taken from defendants against each of that removed producing data and video. all of to view That the snapshots would millions of relieve removed videos, a process which would require a total of about five person-weeks of labor without unexpected glitches, as well as the dedication network bandwidth. of expensive computer equipment and Do Decl. ¶¶ 5-7. However, it appears that the burden of producing a program for production of all of the removed videos should be roughly equivalent to, or at least not significantly greater than, that of producing a program to create and - 10 - copy a list of specific videos selected by plaintiffs (see Davis Decl. ¶ 21). While the intimidating total number (millions, of according removed to videos defendants), is the burden of inspection and selection, leading to the ultimate identification of individual works-in-suit , is on the plaintiffs who say they can handle it electronically. Under the circumstances, the motion to compel production of copies of all removed videos is granted. 4. Video-Related Data from the Logging Database Defendants Logging database contains, for each instance a video is watched, the unique login ID of the user who watched it, the time when the user started to watch the devices video, connected the to internet the protocol internet use user s computer ( IP address ), and the video. B); address to other identify the identifier for the Do Sept. 12, 2007 Dep. 154:8-21 (Kohlmann Decl. Ex. Do Decl. ¶ 16. That database (which is stored on live computer hard drives) is the only existing record of how often each periods. any video has been viewed during various time Its data can recreate the number of views for particular day of a video. - 11 - Do Dep. 211:16-21. Plaintiffs seek all data from the Logging database concerning each time a YouTube video has been viewed on the YouTube website. website or through embedding on a third-party Pls. Mot. 19. They need the data to compare the attractiveness of allegedly videos. infringing videos with that of non-infringing A markedly higher proportion of infringing-video watching may bear on plaintiffs vicarious liability claim,3 and defendants substantial non-infringing use defense.4 Defendants argue generally that plaintiffs request is unduly burdensome because producing the enormous amount of information in the Logging database (about 12 terabytes of data) would be expensive and time-consuming, particularly in light of the need to examine the contents for privileged and work product material. Defs. Opp. 22. But defendants do not specifically refute that There is no need to engage in a detailed privilege review of the logging database, since it simply records the numbers of 3 See Fonovisa, Inc. v. Cherry Action, Inc., 76 F.3d 259, 263 (9th Cir. 1996) ( financial benefit prong of vicariously liability claim may be satisfied by demonstrating that infringing performances enhance the attractiveness of the venue to potential customers and act as a draw for customers from whom the venue s operator derives income). 4 See Sony Corp. of America v. Universal Studios, Inc., 464 U.S. 417, 442 (1983) (barring secondary liability based on imputed intent to cause infringements from the design or distribution of a product capable of substantial noninfringing uses ); Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd., 545 U.S. 913, 933-34 (2005) (declining to add a more quantified description of how much non-infringing use qualifies as substantial under Sony). - 12 - views for each video uploaded to the YouTube website, and the videos watched by each user (Pls. Reply 45). While the Logging database is large, all of its contents can be copied onto a few over-the-shelf four-terabyte hard drives (Davis Decl. ¶ 22). Plaintiffs need for the data outweighs and the unquantified unsubstantiated cost of producing that information. Defendants argue that the data should not be disclosed because of the users privacy concerns, saying that Plaintiffs would likely be able to determine the viewing and video uploading habits of YouTube s users based on the user s login ID and the user s IP address (Do Decl. ¶ 16). But defendants cite no authority barring them from disclosing such information in civil discovery proceedings,5 and their privacy concerns are speculative. Defendants do not refute that the login ID is an anonymous pseudonym that users create for themselves when they sign up with 5 The statute defendants point to, 18 U.S.C. § 2710 (titled Wrongful disclosure of video tape rental or sale records ), prohibits video tape service providers from disclosing information on the specific video materials subscribers request or obtain, and in the case they cite, In re Grand Jury Subpoena to Amazon.com, 246 F.R.D. 570, 572-73 (W.D.Wis. 2007) (the subpoena is troubling because it permits the government to peek into the reading habits of specific individuals without their prior knowledge or permission ), the court on First Amendment grounds did not require an internet book retailer to disclose the identities of customers who purchased used books from the grand jury s target, a used book seller under investigation for tax evasion and wire and mail fraud in connection with his sale of used books through the retailer s website. - 13 - YouTube which individuals without (Pls. more Reply cannot 44), and identify Google has specific elsewhere stated: We . . . are strong supporters of the idea that data protection laws should apply to any data that could identify you. The reality is though that in most cases, an IP address without additional information cannot. Google Software Engineer Alma Whitten, Are IP addresses personal?, GOOGLE PUBLIC POLICY BLOG (Feb. 22, 2008), http://goo glepublicpolicy.blogspot.com/2008/02/are-ip-addresses-perso nal.html (Wilkens Decl. Ex. M). Therefore, the motion to compel production of all data from the Logging database concerning each time a YouTube video has been viewed on the YouTube website or through embedding on a third-party website is granted. 5. Video-Related Data from the User and Mono Databases Defendants information about User each and Mono video databases available in contain YouTube s collection, including its user-supplied title and keywords, public comments from others about it, whether it has been flagged as inappropriate by others (for copyright infringement or for other improprieties such as obscenity) and the reason it was flagged, whether an administrative - 14 - action was taken in response to a complaint about it, whether the user who posted it was terminated for copyright infringement, and the username of the user who posted it. Defendants store the User and Mono databases on computer hard drives, and have agreed to produce specified data from them which concern the removed videos and those publicly available videos which plaintiffs identify as infringing works-in-suit . Plaintiffs now seek production of, for the rest of the videos, all of the data fields Defendants have agreed to provide for works-in-suit. Pls. Mot. 16. Plaintiffs give a variety of reasons for requesting data for YouTube: the complete universe of videos available on to identify alleged infringements that are not yet works-in-suit; to find evidence (especially in the public comments)6 that defendants knew or should have known about infringing proportion or activity; extent of and Defendants to determine control over the the YouTube website such as what percentage of videos have been restricted, reviewed and/or flagged by the Defendants for any reason (Pls. Reply 47-48), which they argue is 6 Plaintiffs have submitted a snapshot of one YouTube user s web page in which the user states I keep almost all of my DTV [Disney Television] videos private * * * * Anyone who wants to see the old ones, just click on Add as Friend and another user, in a public comment posted to that page, states hey I was wondering if you could help me out you see youtube has deleted all my videos and I was wondering if you could help me out by subscribing to my favorites. Wilkins Decl. Ex. R (misspellings corrected). - 15 - relevant (among other things) to show that defendants have an ability to control infringements. Plaintiffs contend that only direct access to the electronic data would give them the ability to quickly search, millions of pieces of information. Defendants contend that sort and analyze Pls. Reply 45. plaintiffs request is overbroad because it encompasses almost all of the data in the User and Mono databases, which contain information about millions of non-infringing videos (Defs. Opp. 18), and have no data reflecting any review of a flagged video, or disciplinary actions taken by YouTube on a video flagged by a user as inappropriate for the substantial majority of the videos (Do Decl. ¶ 15). plaintiffs have fully request is unduly accommodated Defendants argue that burdensome, plaintiffs need and that to they identify potential infringements by giving plaintiffs access to use a search program which allows users to search for and watch any video currently available on YouTube. Defs. Opp. 17, 21. No sufficiently compelling need is shown to justify the analysis of millions of pieces of information sought by this request, at least until the other disclosures have been utilized, and found to be so insufficient that this almost unlimited field should be further explored. - 16 - Therefore, the motion to compel production of all those data fields which defendants have agreed to produce for works-in-suit, for all videos that have been posted to the YouTube website is denied. 6. Plaintiffs Advertising seek and Database Schemas the Google schemas Video for the Google databases.7 Content A schema is an electronic index that shows how the data in a database are organized by listing the database s fields and tables, but not its underlying data. A. Google Advertising Schema Google earns most of its revenue from fees it charges advertisers to display advertisements on Google.com (the AdWords program) or on third party websites that participate in its AdSense program. Huchital Decl. ¶¶ 1- 7. of Google advertising stores data transactions about made each in 7 the connection billions with of those Defendants have agreed to produce the schema for the Claims database. See Defs. Opp. 24 n.9. - 17 - programs in the Google Advertising database. schema for sensitive that database information constitutes regarding Id. The commercially Google s advertising business , the disclosure of which would permit others to profit without equivalent investment from the years of refinement and thousands of person hours of work Google spent selecting the numerous data points it connection with its advertising programs. tracks in Id. ¶¶ 8-10. Only trivial percentages of the fields and tables in the database possibly relate to advertising revenue generated from advertisements run on YouTube (id. ¶ 7), and defendants have already agreed to provide Plaintiffs with the small amount of YouTube-related data contained in the Google Advertising database (Defs. Opp. 25). Plaintiffs argue that the schema is relevant to show what Defendants could have or should have known about the extent to which their advertising revenues were associated with infringing content, and the extent to which Defendants had the ability to control, block or prevent advertising from being associated with infringing videos. Pls. Reply 50 (italics in original). However, given that plaintiffs have already been promised the only relevant data in the database, they do not need its confidential schema - 18 - (Huchital Decl. ¶ 8), which itself provides a detailed to roadmap to how Google runs its advertising business (id. ¶ 9), to show whether defendants were on notice that their advertising revenues were associated with infringing videos, or that defendants decline to exercise their claimed ability to prevent such associations. Therefore, the motion for production of the Google Advertising schema is denied. B. Google Video Schema By plaintiffs description the Google Video Content database stores information Defendants collect regarding videos on the Google Video website, which is a video- sharing website, similar to YouTube, that is operated by Defendant Google. Pls. Mot. 22. The Google Video website has its own video library, but searches for videos on it will also access YouTube videos. Plaintiffs argue that the schema See Pls. Reply 51. for that database will reveal The extent to which Defendants are aware of and can control infringements on Google Video which is in turn relevant to whether Defendants had reason to know of infringements, or had the ability to control infringements, on YouTube, which they also own and which features similar - 19 - content. Id. 52 (plaintiffs italics). That states a sufficiently plausible showing that the schema is relevant to require its disclosure, there being no assertion that it is confidential or unduly burdensome to produce. Therefore, the motion to compel production of the Google Video schema is granted. 7. Private Videos and Related Data YouTube.com users may override the website s default setting which makes newly added videos available to the public by electing to mark as private the videos they post to the website. Plaintiffs move to compel production of copies of all those private videos, which can only be viewed by others authorized by the user who posted each of them, as well as specified data related to them. Defendants are prohibited by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act ( ECPA ) (18 U.S.C. § 2510 et seq.) from disclosing to plaintiffs the private videos and the data 2702(a)(2) which reveal requires that their contents entities such because as ECPA YouTube § who provide remote computing service to the public shall not knowingly divulge to any person or entity the contents of any electronic communication stored - 20 - on behalf of their subscribers,8 disclosure and ECPA § 2702 contains no exception for of such discovery requests. communications pursuant to civil See In re Subpoena Duces Tecum to AOL, LLC, No. 1:07mc34, ___ F. Supp. 2d ___, 2008 WL 1956266, *4 (E.D.Va. Apr. 18, 2008). Plaintiffs claim that users have authorized disclosure of the contents of the private videos pursuant to ECPA § 2702(b)(3) (remote computing service providers may divulge the contents consent of * of a communication * * the * * subscriber ) * by with the assenting lawful to the YouTube website s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, which contain provisions licensing YouTube to distribute user submissions (such as videos) in connection with its website and business,9 disclaiming liability for disclosure of user submissions,10 and notifying users that videos they divulge 8 The prohibition against divulgence of stored subscriber communications set forth in ECPA § 2702(a)(2) applies only if the provider is not authorized to access the contents of any such communications for purposes of providing any services other than storage or computer processing (id. § 2702(a)(2)(B)), but defendants satisfy that condition here because their authorization to access and delete potentially infringing private videos is granted in connection with defendants provision of alleged storage services. 9 However, by submitting User Submissions to YouTube, you hereby grant YouTube a worldwide, non-exclusive * * * license to * * * distribute * * * the User Submissions in connection with the YouTube Website and YouTube s (and its successors and affiliates ) business. Kohlmann Decl. Ex. N, § 6C. This authorizes YouTube to post the video on the website; the privacy designation restricts to whom it may be shown. 10 YouTube does not guarantee any confidentiality with respect to any User Submissions. Kohlmann Decl. Ex. N, § 6A. - 21 - online in the public areas of the website may be viewed by the public.11 None of those clauses can fairly be construed as a grant of permission from users to reveal to plaintiffs the videos that they have designated as private and chosen to share only with specified recipients. But the ECPA does not bar disclosure of non-content data about the private videos (e.g., the number of times each video has been viewed on YouTube.com or made accessible on a third-party website through an embedded link to the video). Plaintiffs argue that such data are relevant to show whether videos designated private are in fact shared with numerous members of the public and therefore not protected by the ECPA, and to then obtain discovery on their claim (supported by evidence)12 that users abuse YouTube s privacy feature to share infringing 11 The record shows that the provision of the Privacy Policy plaintiffs point to, which states that Any videos that you submit to the YouTube Sites * * * may be viewed by the general public (Kohlmann Decl. Ex. O) refers to personal information or video content that you voluntarily disclose online (on discussion boards, in messages and chat areas, within your playback or profile pages, etc.) which becomes publicly available (id.). 12 Plaintiffs submitted a snapshot of a YouTube user s web page entitled THE_RUGRATS_CHANNEL which states Disclaimer: Rugrats_and all Rugrats_related items are a copyright of Viacom and on which the user states (Wilkens Decl. Ex. R): WELCOME TO MY_RUGRATS_PAGE. Previously rbt200, this is my new channel. The old one got deleted so I thought I d start again, but this time, it s JUST_RUGRATS! A whole channel dedicated to this fantastic cartoon! I will be posting whole episodes over the coming weeks so be sure to subscribe or add me as a friend because they might be set to private. - 22 - videos with any interested member of the public while evading detection by content owners (Pls. Reply 62). is not clear from this record whether It plaintiffs interpretation of the ECPA is correct, but their view is colorable, as the statute s legislative history states that a subscriber who places a communication on a computer electronic bulletin board, with a reasonable basis for knowing that such communications are freely made available to the public, should be considered to have given consent to the disclosure or use of the communication. No. 99-647, at 66 (1986). non-content data so construction of the opportunity to Plaintiffs need the requested that they can properly on the merits ECPA obtain H.R. Rep. discovery of argue and allegedly their have an infringing private videos claimed to be public. Therefore, the motion to compel is denied at this time, except to the extent it seeks production of specified non-content data about such videos. That that ruling defendants is unaltered disclose by private plaintiffs videos to contention third party content owners as part of their regular business dealings (Pls. Reply 57), as supposedly shown by a clause in the Content Identification and Management Agreement between Viacom and Google which bars Viacom from disclosing to any - 23 - third party private videos it receives during the process of resolving copyright infringement claims videos (see Wilkens Decl. Ex. T, ¶ 4). that defendants private videos do not disclose processed for to against such The record shows content potentially owners any infringing the owners copyrights unless defendants receive the express consent of the users who designated the videos as private (Salem Sur-Reply plaintiffs rely Decl. upon ¶¶ merely 1-5), and requires that the content clause owners to maintain the confidentiality of such consensually divulged private videos (id.). CONCLUSION For the reasons set forth above: (1) The cross-motion for a protective order barring disclosure of the source code for the YouTube.com search function is granted, and the motion to compel production of that search code is denied; (2) The motion to compel production of source code for the Video ID program is denied; the (3) The motion to compel removed videos is granted; all production of (4) The motion to compel production of all data from the Logging database concerning each time a YouTube video has been viewed on the YouTube website or through embedding on a third-party website is granted; - 24 - (51 The rnc'tion t o cornpsl p r o t i l ~ c t i o n o f tIi:,se 3 3 t z f i e l d s which d e f e n d a n t s h3ve a y r e e d t o p r a d u c e for works-ln-suit, f o r a l l v i d t v r t h a t h a v e beer, p o s t e d t o t h e YouTunc w e b s l t e i s dtniect; (6 The schema ienied; for (7) The schema f o r gr,inted; motion to compel p r ~ d u c t l o n of the Gc.og:e Adverti:::ing database motion t:o t h e ioogl;. and he is compel producticn of the V i d e o C o ~ l t e n t d a t a t a s e 5.; !8 1 The motion t c : compel production of tfic p r i v a t e v l d e o s and d a t a r e l a t e d to them i s d e l ? l e d a t t h i s time e x c e p t tc? t h e e x t e n t i t s e e k s producrjLon o f s p e c ~ife d n c n - c o n t e n t ,ciata & o u t s u c h v ~ r d e o s . 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