Bribes for bloggers
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About 2 years ago, Oracle had filed a lawsuit against Google in USA alleging that Google was infringing on its Java patents.
It was a hard fought battle with both Google and Oracle hiring the best lawyers whose fees ran into millions of dollars.
It was also fought out in the media as public opinion favourable to either Google or Oracle would make a huge difference on who was seen as the bad guy in this lawsuit.
And now it has emerged that there is a chance that both Google and Oracle paid journalists and bloggers to write favourable articles supporting their stand in this legal case.
The Californian Judge, William Alsup, overseeing this trial has passed the following order to reveal the names of paid journalists and bloggers: “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 this case. Although proceedings in this matter are almost over, they are not fully over yet and, in any event, the disclosure required by this order would be of use on appeal or on any remand to make clear whether any treatise, article, commentary or analysis on the issues posed by this case are possibly influenced by financial relationships to the parties or counsel. Therefore, each side and its counsel shall file a statement herein clear identifying 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”
Both Google and Oracle have to give details of any journalists and bloggers they paid or ‘influenced’ by Aug 17, 2012.
This is great news as this would tell the public if any Tech companies bribe journalists and bloggers to unfairly affect public opinion.
Know of any such thing in the IT-BPO sector? Email us! If you know of any such bribes being offered in India, we will give you a reward of Rs. 5000 for hard evidence. No questions asked. Anonymity guaranteed.
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