Commentary - 07/05/2008

Google, Viacom and The Art of War

Los Angeles Times published this article July 3rd:
Google must hand over YouTube data, judge rules

Raising major concerns among privacy advocates, a federal judge has ordered Google to hand over details about the viewing habits of YouTube users to media giant Viacom.

The ruling came Wednesday as part of a $1-billion copyright infringement lawsuit brought by Viacom in March 2007 against YouTube and its corporate parent, Google.

Business Week published this article:
Viacom vs. YouTube: Beyond Privacy
Just before the holiday weekend, media giant Viacom (VIA) won a legal victory over YouTube that set off fireworks across the Internet. The July 1 ruling gave Viacom access to records of what people watch on YouTube, which is owned by Google (GOOG) and is the most popular video site on the Web. Bloggers and consumer advocates warned of the potential privacy violations, particularly if Viacom uses the information to track down and sue people who watch copyrighted video clips on the site.
Case 1:07-cv-02103-LLS Document 117 [25 Page PDF]

Ok, so what's this got to do with the Sun Tzu's Art of War?

So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will fight without danger in battles.
So these large corporations continue to mine data about you, for their benefit. But just how much do you know about them, so you can defend yourself?

THAT's the point of this Great Red Dragon website. It contains information about your opponents, so you know who you're going up against.

So who are the powers-that-be behind Google? And behind Viacom? Are there common interests? That's why the TOP 10 Major Holders are listed below, and linked-to above.

If you care to check them out, these TOP 10 Major Holders also control your investment house, your banks, your newspapers, your radio station, your healthcare, your mortgage and so on.

Why wouldn't they want to know EVERYTHING about you?!

Without understanding defense: Sometimes The Dragon Wins

Symbol Name Of Corporation

Google, Inc. (As of 31-Mar-2008) (As of 30-Sep-2007)
Top 10 Institutional HoldersSharesPct.Value
FMR LLC (Fidelity)16,307,9365.19$7,183,156,569
Barclays Global Investors UK Holdings Ltd9,563,3993.04$4,212,390,357
Capital World Investors9,140,1002.91$4,025,939,847
Capital Research Global Investors7,508,9002.39$3,307,445,183
AXA (Paris, France)7,499,4642.39$3,303,288,908
Price (T.Rowe) Associates Inc7,461,3392.38$3,286,495,989
State Street Corporation7,234,7232.30$3,186,678,439
Vanguard Group, Inc. (The)7,104,3382.26$3,129,247,758
Marsico Capital Management, LLC6,174,5641.97$2,719,710,205
Janus Capital Management, LLC4,332,2411.38$1,908,222,193
% of Shares Held by All Insider and 5% Owners:1%
Top 10 [1.1%] of 935 Institutional Holders Control26.21%
Percentage of Barclays and "Associates" Control6.06%
NOTE: Capital Group manages three funds that control 5.73%.
Fidelity manages three funds that control 3.21%.
Vanguard manages two funds that control 1.23%.
Therefore, the TOP 10 Major Holders control 36.38%, and
Capital Group controls 11.03% of Google.

Symbol Name Of Corporation

Viacom, Inc. (As of 31-Mar-2008)
Top 10 Institutional HoldersSharesPct.Value
Franklin Resources, Inc.43,090,2867.49$1,707,237,131
Morgan Stanley40,961,0237.12$1,622,875,731
Wellington Management Company, LLP37,095,7326.45$1,469,732,901
NWQ Investment Management Company, LLC30,560,0995.31$1,210,791,122
Barclays Global Investors UK Holdings Ltd30,109,7315.23$1,192,947,542
State Street Corporation20,008,1113.48$792,721,357
AXA (Paris, France)19,429,2243.38$769,785,854
Vanguard Group, Inc. (The)18,164,6963.16$719,685,255
Harris Associates L.P.*15,079,1042.62$597,434,100
UBS Global Asset Management (Americas) Inc10,168,6671.77$402,882,586
% of Shares Held by All Insider and 5% Owners:0.2%
Top 10 [2.0%] of 499 Institutional Holders Control46.01%
Percentage of Barclays and "Associates" Control23.40%

2008 by Edward Ulysses Cate
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