Judge orders Google to produce list of paid bloggers by noon Friday

“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.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Jax44” for the heads up.]

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U.S. judge orders Oracle and Google to reveal paid bloggers – August 8, 2012


  1. Here is what is at the top of the list
    – GooDailyNews

    With apologies to MacDailyNews for copying them. Is not Google known for copying?

    No, really, I did not really copy BLN, I only used some of his words, I changed it (just like what Gurgle did to Oracle, right, so it’s ok, just like Samsung will get away with doing to Apple, so it’s ok)

  2. One paid blogger who uses his company to defend Samsung and Google at every opportunity is Leo Laporte. Anything to do with patents is Apple’s fault according to him and Google is an honourable company just trying to compete. His ties with Google and his very biased opinion on these matters comes with a bias that is that of a paid blogger. He has already admitted how his company has visited with Google on numerous occasions and that they have a great relationship.
    The guy and his company should be investigated, it would very interesting to know how much he receives from them.

    1. Totally agree. His opinions on Apple have changed to the point where he bends over backwards to pitch Android. I stopped listening to him due to his contortions to support Googles Android.

    2. Totally agree. Laportes Google/Samsung is almost ridiculous. I have stopped watching as their mac/ios coverage mostly is ad-copy for Samsung/Google.

      Laporte claims there are nothing new from Apple to report. Strange argument as there are lots, lots and more lots of third parties in the Apple ecosystem that produce really intetesting stuff.

      Contrast this by listeing to their Google show where Laporte and Jeff Jarvis take turns to be more appologizing of Google and their actions than Google itself. They also admitted on show taking gifts from Google (Google IO).

      If you are interested in anyhting Apple – dont bother with TwitTV.

  3. I have beating this drum for years!!!!! Google pays ANAList to LIE, CHEAT & MANIPULATE!!!! Pathetic. Google fined $22.5 million BUT IS NOT HELD ACCOUNTABLE!!!!???? JESUS!

  4. I wouldn’t put it past Gaggle to dump their list on Friday and before Monday rolls around, causes a major disruption in the news cycle, to change the subject.

    I know I’m gonna take that list and run with it to the four-corners of the globe 😉

  5. This is a common practice on key public policy issues. Companies hire PR companies, which locate consultants who write opinion pieces for newspapers or grant media interviews. You can tell when this is happening by tracking the daily number of media items on a given topic; something that’s mentioned 100 times on a typical day suddenly goes to 5000 because an interest group is spending money.

    Not only should Google produce its list, but so should every other company in America that sponsors ‘independent’ opinion pieces and interviews by hired experts.

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