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Google beefs up legal team in wake of subpoenas

Google beefs up legal team in wake of subpoenas.
Written by Donna Bogatin, Contributor on
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“Google’s legal team is growing!” Google proudly announces to prospective new legal hires.

No surprise, Google CEO Eric Schmidt expressed frustration earlier in the week that media company negotiations entail being “sued to death."

Google seeks “motivated individuals who have a passion for providing top-notch support in the area of subpoena compliance.”

Google’s subpoena compliance operations reinforcement is timely.

At the request of Mark Cuban owned Magnolia Pictures, a U.S. court in Dallas issued a subpoena this week demanding Google reveal the identity of a user who uploaded a Magnolia controlled movie, “The Host,” to Google Video without authorization, according to Bloomberg News.

Last month, Google complied with a subpoena Fox Television filed in U.S. District Court in Northern California for the names of YouTube users who uploaded unauthorized copies of “24” and “The Simpsons.”

Google does not appear to be unduly worried that its fair-use, DMCA business model may be disrupted, however. Among the qualifications it seeks in subpoena compliance officers is a “sense of humor”:

Primary responsibilities include working with government agencies and external legal counsel on third-party discovery matters, while providing assistance and a sense of humor to the Google compliance team.

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