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Paid Media Must Be Disclosed In Oracle v. Google 165

jfruh writes "One of the odder moments during the Oracle v. Google trial over Java patents came when patent blogger Florian Mueller disclosed that he had a 'consulting relationship' with Oracle. Now it looks like we're going to find out which other tech bloggers and journalists were on the payroll of one of the two sides in this epic fight. Judge William Alsup has ordered (PDF) that both parties disclose 'all authors, journalists, commentators or bloggers who have reported or commented on any issues in this case and who have received money (other than normal subscription fees) from the party or its counsel during the pendency of this action.'"
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Paid Media Must Be Disclosed In Oracle v. Google

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  • by fredprado ( 2569351 ) on Tuesday August 07, 2012 @04:57PM (#40909899)
    It would be very interesting if it happens to Apple too. I can safely bet Apple is the technology company that has more "journalists" in their payroll.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 07, 2012 @05:09PM (#40910079)

    This may have nothing to do with anonymous speech. When "expert" opinions are being considered in court, they must be able to withstand scrutiny. Florian Mueller is not just some random interested party, he published an article claiming that he had evidence of copyright infringement.


    If Oracle used his opinions in court, Google should be given the opportunity to cross examine him.

    Either way, it is nice to see someone rubbing Florian's nose in it. Another great ruling by Judge Alsup!


  • Re:why? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 07, 2012 @05:16PM (#40910177)

    Maybe he's curious about Groklaw itself? While IMO they're authentic freetards, they do take highly partisan pro-corporation views that extends beyond 'free software' issues.

  • Re:Wait, what?! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Grishnakh ( 216268 ) on Tuesday August 07, 2012 @05:26PM (#40910305)

    Considering how easily Google won the case, and how ridiculous Oracle's claims were, Google probably didn't really need to hire any shills. There were tons of people right here on Slashdot taking their side with no payment at all, because it was plainly obvious that Google was in the right. It doesn't surprise me that Oracle needed to pay off some shills to take their side.

    Now this doesn't mean that Google definitely didn't hire any shills, but it is my contention that it probably wasn't necessary.

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