“Google Inc failed to comply with a court order to disclose the bloggers and other commentators on a patent and copyright case who might have been influenced by payments from the Web company, a judge said on Monday,” Alexei Oreskovic reports for Reuters.
“U.S. District Judge William Alsup gave Google until noon on Friday, August 24, to provide an amended list of public commentators on the high-profile case between Google and Oracle Corp who have received payments as consultants, contractors, vendors or employees,” Oreskovic reports. “‘Just as a treatise on the law may influence the courts, public commentary that purports to be independent may have an influence on the courts and/or their staff if only in subtle ways,’ wrote Alsup.”
Oreskovic reports, “Earlier this month, Alsup issued a highly unusual order, riveting technology and legal circles, that Google and Oracle identify all writers who commented on the companies’ intellectual property lawsuit and who received money from the technology giants. The lists, submitted by the companies on Friday, contained no huge surprises. Oracle acknowledged it hired blogger Florian Mueller, who often comments on patent issues, as a consultant — a relationship that was already known.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Jax44” for the heads up.]
U.S. judge orders Oracle and Google to reveal paid bloggers – August 8, 2012