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With anti-shill order, Google/Oracle judge enters "uncharted territory" (ars technica)

Ars technica looks at an interesting order made by Oracle v. Google judge William Alsup (Groklaw also covers the order). In it, he asks both parties to produce a list of "print or internet authors, journalists, commentators or bloggers who have and/or may publish comments on the issues in this case" that "received money (other than normal subscription fees) from the party or its counsel" by August 17. "'I wonder if it produces too much information,' [Public Citizen attorney Paul Alan] Levy said. If taken literally, Google and Oracle could produce an extraordinarily long list of names, most of whom have only tangential connections to the software giants. Levy notes that the firms are not required to give details on how and why the funds were provided—the kind of context that would be needed to figure out which relationships raised ethical questions." One suspects that one or both parties will appeal the order.
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With anti-shill order, Google/Oracle judge enters "uncharted territory" (ars technica)

Posted Aug 8, 2012 6:26 UTC (Wed) by hadrons123 (guest, #72126) [Link]

Well, Florian(FUD) mueller should be worried!
His friends at Forbes, CNNMoney and bunch of his Astroturfers should be exposed quite soon!

I 'm very happy!

With anti-shill order, Google/Oracle judge enters "uncharted territory" (ars technica)

Posted Aug 8, 2012 11:14 UTC (Wed) by clump (subscriber, #27801) [Link]

Some of the astroturfers left little room to wonder if they'd been paid. This is an interesting twist, but is unlikely to tell us something new.

With anti-shill order, Google/Oracle judge enters "uncharted territory" (ars technica)

Posted Aug 8, 2012 7:55 UTC (Wed) by tao (subscriber, #17563) [Link]

Sadly, I think that most of the anti-Google shilling won't surface due to this, since I'm fairly sure it's being paid for (directly or indirectly) by Microsoft and/or Apple rather than Oracle.

With anti-shill order, Google/Oracle judge enters "uncharted territory" (ars technica)

Posted Aug 8, 2012 15:36 UTC (Wed) by JoeBuck (guest, #2330) [Link]

So, does every blogger with a Google ad on his/her website need to be reported as a Google shill?

With anti-shill order, Google/Oracle judge enters "uncharted territory" (ars technica)

Posted Aug 8, 2012 19:28 UTC (Wed) by rgmoore (✭ supporter ✭, #75) [Link]

I would assume that the "(other than normal subscription fees)" is meant to cover things like Google Ads. So it should be only bloggers who were actually paid specifically for their commentary, not ones who happened to get a pittance in ad revenue.


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