This is cute. Oracle lost its shirt in Oracle v Google/Android but some pretty harsh words were spread all over the web. The court has ordered the parties to spill their guts about any “astroturfing”… I can tell you no one paid me for my comments… Chuckle. This could be good. I wonder if such an order will result in Apple v Samsung. That would be so cool. I wonder whether or not any commentators on my blog will be revealed as paid shills… 😉
It seems to me that several notables on the web pronounced in favour of Oracle in this matter apparently with no logical basis. Perhaps there was a financial basis.
“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. This disclosure shall be filed by NOON ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2012.”