Peter Kafka

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Viacom Grabs a Big Legal Gun for Its Next YouTube Fight

Viacom, which got roughed up quite badly in the last round of its YouTube copyright fight, has called in reinforcements. The cable giant has hired legal heavyweight Theodore Olson to help it appeal last spring’s federal court decision, which went entirely in Google’s favor. Olson’s long list of credentials include a three-year stint as George W. Bush’s top attorney, a job that included arguing lots of cases in front of the Supreme Court. Which is where Viacom/Google could eventually land.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik