As reported last week, a California court said that Google failed to comply with an order to disclose names of individuals that have talked about Google’s legal battle with Oracle online, and have received payment from Google. Google maintains that it has not paid anyone to discuss the case, but the company has given the court a list of consultants, contractors, vendors, employees, and employee-commenters at organizations who receive money from Google.
“In response to the Court’s August 20, 2012 Order to Supplement (Dkt. 1238), Google again states that neither it nor its counsel has paid an author, journalist, commentator or blogger to report or comment on any issues in this case,’ Google attorney Robert Van Nest (pictured) says in the document. ‘Pursuant to the Court’s clarifications in the Order to Supplement, the required disclosure does not include advertising revenue, disclosed experts, or gifts to universities…It does, however, include (a) “all commenters known by Google to have received payments as consultants, contractors, vendors, or employees”; and (b) employeecommenters at organizations who receive money from Google.”
“As Google indicated in its initial Response (Dkt. 1237) Google supports a wide range of individuals and organizations, many of whom regularly comment on issues relevant to technology, often taking positions adverse to Google,” Van Nest continues. “Google has conducted a reasonable and diligent search, and has identified specific individuals and organizations in this supplemental disclosure who have commented on the issues in this case. Google did not pay for comments from any of the commenters listed in this disclosure. Nor did Google cite or rely on any of these commenters in its briefing in this case.”
The following Google employees (and former employees) are named in the document: William Patry, Timothy Bray, Bruce Perens, Mark Lemley, James Gosling, and Timothy B. Lee.
Also named are: Computer and Communications Industry Association, Jonathan Band, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, Center for Democracy and Technology, Lauren Weinstein at Vortex Technology, and Competitive Enterprise Institute.