The scales of justice have yet to balance in the YouTube versus Viacom legal battle.
DailyTech reports that the court has ordered Google (YouTube's owner) to turn over a complete log of user activity on YouTube. The data will include usernames, user IP addresses and videos each account has viewed in the past.
Viacom intends to use the information to bolster its copyright infringement case by proving YouTube's users watch videos that violate copyright laws more than true user-generated content.
The ruling prompted an immediate response from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, says this WebProNews article. The organization said the decision is not in accordance with the Video Privacy Protection Act and a setback for privacy rights. The WebProNews article does note that back in February Google made the argument to the European Commission that IP addresses identified computers and not people.
This TechCrunch post eviscerates the action of the court, saying it show little concern for the law and leaves Google open to a massive class action lawsuit should it turn the data over to Viacom.
The court did side with Google on one issue, reports ZDNet. Claiming it would be detrimental to Google, the court will not force the Internet company to turn over YouTube's source code for search and video ID.