Post Subject: google and censorship
Posted on: Mar 7, 2011
This is something that I found very odd. I read an article today from TorrentFreak about take down notices for links to pirated movies that eventually led to take down notices for links to take down notices. The unfortunate thing was that google complied. It's unfortunate because they don't host the data or promote it. This is something you guys have probably seen me take a bit of a personal approach on before, but as a web developer who works in the news industry (both on this site and for a professional career), it's a pretty important issue.
The article aside, what do you guys think of googles position on taking things out of their index over DMCA requests when they neither host or promote the copyrighted content? I'd love to hear some discussion on it, then I'll voice my opinions on the matter as well. If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?
The tighter they cinch their grasp, the more that will slip through their fingers.
Look at China, they have 'locked down' most of the internet, but still you can get through if you know what you're doing. Let them be tyrants, just sparks the need for more Robin Hood's!
Jolly good, Jolly good!
I see it from a corporate level and I really don't like it... From everything I understand about the DMCA is first and foremost, you can only have to follow them if you're hosting the content. I believe that in itself is correct. So if I do a quick write up on an article and sourced another article as an aide to make a point then would that technically make me in violation of copyright laws? I don't believe so since I've sourced them, but google taking these actions does kinda set an uncomfortable position for everyone else.
If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?
censorship is pointless there's always going to be someone to find a way around it so long as the challenge exists and google is retarded if they think they're making any sort of a difference doing this, it's just saving face with the people making the requests, eventually it may come back and bite them in the ass.