Louis L. Stanton

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Louis Lee Stanton (born October 1, 1927)[1] is a Senior United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He was born in New York City.

Stanton received a B.A. from Yale University in 1950, a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1955, and an LL.B from University of Virginia School of Law in 1955. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve as a first lieutenant 1950-1952. He was nominated to the court by Ronald Reagan on June 12, 1985, to a seat vacated by Henry F. Werker, confirmed by the United States Senate on July 16, 1985, and received his commission on July 18, 1985. He assumed senior status on October 1, 1996.

Stanton was the judge in the lawsuit Viacom Int'l, Inc.v. YouTube, Inc., in which Viacom sued YouTube alleging direct and indirect copyright infringement of Viacom's copyrighted works. In response to a formal motion to compel discovery, Stanton ordered Google to provide Viacom with YouTube user data. This decision received criticism from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and privacy advocates.[2] An attorney for the EFF has accused the court of "ignoring the protections of the federal Video Privacy Protection Act."[3] Stanton denied Viacom's motion to reveal the proprietary source code used for YouTube video searches, as well as the Viacom motion to compel Google to provide access to privately stored YouTube videos.[4][5] Ultimately the companies agreed to anonymize all user data other than that of the defendants' and plaintiffs' employees.[6] In 2010, and in 2013, Stanton ruled in Google's favor in a motion for summary judgment.[7]

Stanton is the judge in the civil complaint filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against Bernard Madoff.[8]


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Preceded by
Henry Frederick Werker
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Succeeded by
Alvin Hellerstein