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Judge not satisfied with Google's disclosures over commenter pay

Chris Kanaracus | Aug. 21, 2012
The judge who oversaw Oracle's lawsuit against Google said Monday that the search giant "has failed to comply" with an Aug. 7 order to provide the names of parties whose commentary on the suit may have been influenced by money.

"Google can do it too by listing all commenters known by Google to have received payments as consultants, contractors, vendors, or employees," Alsup added. As for organizations receiving money, they need not be listed unless one of its employees was a commenter. Gifts to universities can be ignored."

Also, Google does not need to consider advertising revenue received by commenters as payment, Alsup said.

In its own response to Alsup's initial order, Oracle alleged that Google maintains an extensive network of "influencers," among them attorneys, lobbyists and bloggers, that help further its "intellectual property agenda."

Google brought this network to bear on the case in order to "help shape public perceptions concerning the positions it was advocating throughout this trial," Oracle alleged. Oracle also named two "prominent" individuals, Computer and Communications Industry Association CEO Ed Black and author Jonathan Band, saying they have ties to Google and wrote about topics germane to the case.

Oracle sued Google in August 2010. The case concluded earlier this year, with Google largely exonerated, but Oracle is planning to appeal.


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