Judge orders Google, Oracle to reveal identity of paid bloggers and journalists

A US judge has ordered Google and Oracle to reveal the identities of bloggers and journalists they allegedly paid to publish biased comments on the patent dispute between them.

A US judge has ordered Google and Oracle to reveal the identities of bloggers and journalists they allegedly paid to publish biased comments on the patent dispute between them.

 
“The court is concerned that the parties and/or counsel herein may have retained or paid print or internet authors, journalists, commentators or bloggers who have and/or may publish comments on the issues in the case,” said US District Judge William Alsup.
 
Oracle sued Google over its use of Java, which Oracle acquired when it bought Sun Microsystems, in the popular Android mobile software. Oracle wanted $1 billion in damages, but the jury ruled that Google was not guilty of copyright infringement.
 
 Judge orders Google, Oracle to reveal identity of paid bloggers and journalists
 
That decision may now be in jeopardy if Google is found to have been trying to influence the case through the use of paid bloggers and journalists. This could benefit Oracle's planned appeal of the jury's verdict.
 
The judge's request could work just as much against Oracle, however, as Reuters reports that well-known intellectual property blogger Florian Mueller was hired as a consultant by Oracle. This revelation was made three days after the trial had begun.
 
Both Google and Oracle have until 17 August to submit the data. The companies said they would comply with the court order.
 
Source: Reuters