Monday, August 20, 2012

U.S. District Court judge orders Google to try again to identify anyone they are paying to write on their behalf

The U.S. District Court judge who had requested that Oracle and Google disclose who they were paying to write on their behalf has ordered Google to try again.

United States District Court Judge William Alsup today gave Google until Friday at noon (Pacific Coast time) to comply with his August 7 order.

Last week Oracle said that FOSS Patent blogger Florian Mueller consulted for Oracle. The news motivated paidContent to call Mueller a "patent propagandist" and a "sock puppet.

Google, meanwhile, said it had not paid anyone to comment on the case.

But Judge Alsup was having none of it stating that "In the Court’s view, Google has failed to comply with the August 7 order."

At issue here is payments that may have influenced reporting or commentary, rather than a strict "quid pro quo."

"Google suggests that it has paid so many commenters that it will be impossible to list them all," Alsup writes in his order. "Please simply do your best but the impossible is not required. Oracle managed to do it."

Oracle sued Google over its use of Android, the case being heard in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Oracle won a minor victory, but now Google is asking that Oracle pay Google's legal fees – meaning Oracle could stand to actually end up being the loser financially.