Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Aug 2012 23:17 UTC
Legal "Earlier this month Judge William Alsup ordered Oracle and Google to disclose any journalists or bloggers either has paid that could have commented on the Oracle v. Google case. Both parties responded last week - but Judge Alsup didn't think Google was completely forthright, and has asked the company to try again by the end of the week." Good to know Alsup is on top of this. Google claimed it hadn't paid any shills, but as large and powerful as the company is, I find that very hard to believe.
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Read Google's Filing
by gsyoungblood on Tue 21st Aug 2012 00:31 UTC
gsyoungblood
Member since:
2007-01-09

I skimmed it on Groklaw, but from what I saw of Google's filing they said they didn't pay anyone directly and then asked the court for clarification on the order to confirm the depth being requested.

For instance, bloggers with Google AdSense are "paid by Google" but that doesn't mean Google has a relationship with the blogger to post stories on behalf of, at the direction of or, or specifically to benefit Google.

Seems much to do about nothing really. At least for this particular item.

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RE: Read Google's Filing
by gan17 on Tue 21st Aug 2012 13:02 in reply to "Read Google's Filing"
gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

Google has also provided a lot of support and funding for various bodies, many of whom focus on "freedom" in one form or another (open source/standards, free-speech, etc), like the EFF, Creative Commons and various law schools. Many of these bodies would've spoken out in Google's defence. Whether you'd consider them "schills" or not depends on which side of the fance you sit on, I suppose.

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RE[2]: Read Google's Filing
by Vanders on Tue 21st Aug 2012 14:29 in reply to "RE: Read Google's Filing"
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

Likewise, Oracle is a member of the Business Software Alliance, and contributes to that organisation (and other like it). Should Oracle include them in its list, on the basis that the BSA may have made statements concerning Oracle?

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RE[2]: Read Google's Filing
by JAlexoid on Wed 22nd Aug 2012 13:19 in reply to "RE: Read Google's Filing"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Thus Alsup clarified who he wants to be disclosed. His statement that Google didn't comply was very predictable; Because Google didn't comply(strictly speaking), they asked for clarification.

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