News America, Inc. v. Google Inc. (Subpoena)

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Summary

Threat Type: 

Subpoena

Date: 

08/04/2005

Status: 

Concluded

Location: 

California

Verdict or Settlement Amount: 

N/A
An anonymous blogger posted the entire contents of the New York Post's Page Six column on a blog without advertisements. On July 8, 2005, counsel for News America (the parent company of the Post) sent Google (the parent company of Blogger) a... read full description
Parties

Party Issuing Legal Threat: 

News America, Inc.

Party Receiving Legal Threat: 

Google, Inc. (Blogger)

Type of Party: 

Large Organization

Type of Party: 

Large Organization
Intermediary

Location of Party: 

  • New York

Location of Party: 

  • California
Description

An anonymous blogger posted the entire contents of the New York Post's Page Six column on a blog without advertisements. On July 8, 2005, counsel for News America (the parent company of the Post) sent Google (the parent company of Blogger) a takedown notice pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). In the letter, counsel for News America asserted that the blog's use of Page Six content constituted copyright infringement and requested that Google remove or disable access to the blog. Counsel also requested that Google disclose contact information for the blogger. Google disabled access to the blog, but did not respond to the informal request to disclose identity of the Page Six blogger.

On August 4, 2005, News America sought a subpoena in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California to compel disclosure of the blogger's identity. The docket indicates that News America served the subpoena on Google on September 14, 2005. The docket reflects no further action after that date, and it is unclear whether Google was able to disclose the identity of the blogger.

Details

Content Type: 

  • Text

Publication Medium: 

Blog

Subject Area: 

  • Copyright
  • DMCA
  • Anonymity
Court Information & Documents

Jurisdiction: 

  • California

Source of Law: 

  • United States

Court Name: 

United States District Court for the Northern District of California

Court Type: 

Federal

Case Number: 

3:05MC80179
CMLP Information (Private)

CMLP Notes: 

SB Reviewed