With anti-shill order, Google/Oracle judge enters "uncharted territory" (ars technica)

Ars technica looks at an interesting order made by Oracle v. Google judge William Alsup (Groklaw also covers the order). In it, he asks both parties to produce a list of "print or internet authors, journalists, commentators or bloggers who have and/or may publish comments on the issues in this case" that "received money (other than normal subscription fees) from the party or its counsel" by August 17. "'I wonder if it produces too much information,' [Public Citizen attorney Paul Alan] Levy said. If taken literally, Google and Oracle could produce an extraordinarily long list of names, most of whom have only tangential connections to the software giants. Levy notes that the firms are not required to give details on how and why the funds were provided—the kind of context that would be needed to figure out which relationships raised ethical questions." One suspects that one or both parties will appeal the order.