The US Judge in the Oracle-Google case has alighted on a potential can of worms by ordering the parties to divulge the names of news-sites and bloggers to whom they’d paid money.
If Oracle pointed to two commenters it had paid – an IP lawyer and an academic. Google has yet to reply and has been given until today to do so.
All that Google would say was that it does have ‘financial connections’ to commenters but that it would be “extraordinarily difficult and perhaps impossible” to identify them. Why? One wonders. Can there be so many of them? If there are hundreds of them that would be a real scandal.
If the practice of obliging companies to disclose financial connections to commenters on news-sites and blogs were to be widened to include all companies which have extensive coverage on the Web, the results could be interesting.
Particularly for those companies which get consistently supportive coverage on the Web.
One wonders, just for arguments sake of course, if, say, Intel pays news-sites and bloggers for coverage.