Judge Wants To Know What Companies Paid Bloggers In Oracle-Google Case
Professor Mark Lemley spoke with the Daily Journal's Hadley Robinson on what he believes the reason could be behind the request from U.S. District Judge William Alsup demanding Google Inc. and Oracle Corp. disclose financial relationships with bloggers and reporters who commented on the Java trial.
An unusual order from U.S. District Judge William Alsup demanding Google Inc. and Oracle Corp. disclose financial relationships with bloggers and reporters who commented on the Java trial has left legal experts wondering what the judge is looking for and whether his request falls within his authority.
The judge in the copyright and patent infringement case, which is currently under appeal, demanded the parties or their attorneys produce a statement by Aug. 17 identifying any journalists or commentators who reported on the case and also received money from one of the companies.
But Stanford School of Law professor Mark Lemley said that while not disclosing you're being paid by a company to write about it is ethically questionable for journalists, he doesn't see what it has to do with the court.
"My best guess is that Judge Alsup found out someone was doing this and it pissed him off," Lemley said.