Google wants to depose Stewart and Colbert in YouTube suit
According to C|Net News, Google and Viacom are in the discovery phase of the media conglomerate's $1 billion infringement lawsuit against YouTube, which was purchased by Google last year; in that discovery phase, the hosts of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, both on Viacom's Comedy Central, are on Google's list of people they want to have deposed in the case.
Now, just because they want Colbert and Stewart to give depositions, doesn't mean the judge in the case will grant their request. But Google's desire to talk to the two comedians isn't without merit; both have complained publicly before about Viacom's draconian policies towards YouTube clips since the lawsuit was filed. And remember Colbert's Green Screen Challenge? Since he encouraged the participants in the contest to upload their homemade movies to YouTube, Google has an argument that The Colbert Report used YT to promote the show.
So, will we see Stewart and Colbert, sans TV makeup, being grilled by Google's lawyers on videotape? If so, it won't be until late next year; the pre-trial activities for the case aren't set to conclude until December, 2008.