Do you get the feeling that the Google/Viacom $1B law suit is going to be a huge circus? No? Then you might change your mind when you learn that Google has added the names of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to the list of Viacom employees it wants to see on the stand, according to docs filed in the U.S. DIstrict Court, says CNET.
The two companies entered the names of people they each wish to depose in court, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York last week. Google, which acquired YouTube last October, wants to depose at least 30 people in addition to Colbert and Stewart. Among them are Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone and CEO Philippe Dauman.
Viacom wants to question YouTube founders Steve Chen and Chad Hurley in addition to Google CEO Eric Schmidt and founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
Of course, Viacom will contend that neither Colbert or Stewart are relevant to the case in hand and will likely ask the judge to deny the deposition request. So why did Google add the names of two of Viacom’s most prominent TV stars? As I said, this is going to be a huge circus and Google’s request will give Viacom a headache.