U.S. officials announce a massive
piracy crackdown initiative in the states, music industry
leaders in the UK appear to be coming after Google. The British
Phonographic Industry (BPI),
a trade organization that represents music companies like EMI, Sony,
Universal and Warner in the UK, sent the internet giant a cease and
desist order.The order demanded that Google take down not
only direct links to nine BitTorrent sites, but any reference to them
as well. The organization did not pinpoint specific URLs
where pirated material could be found, as is usually the case, but
instead provided whole site URLs. Now the groups parent
company, International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
is getting in on
the fight. IFPI is specifically going after The Pirate Bay
and is demanding that Google take down all references to the
filesharing website. Citing the Digital
Millennium Copyright Act and Google's Report
Copyright Infringement support page, the company ordered
Google to remove The Pirate Bay from its index and to disable any
access linking or referencing the search engine to The Pirate Bay
website. The company's methods have some news
watchers wondering whether IFPI is positioning itself to go after
Google with a copyright infringement lawsuit.
Search engines are not currently held liable for data that they
enable access to.So far, Google has not responded directly
to BPI or IFPI,
but complaints that the company receives can be found
quote: File sharing sites will be filtered out. By reader1 on 4/24/2009 9:52:55 AM , Rating: 0File sharing sites will eventually be filtered out of search results just as child pornography sites are filtered now. There's no way search providers can simultaneously support piracy and legitimate sales. They will have to choose one, and it's obvious which one it will be. So far, the internet is driven by technology, but soon it will be driven by money. If it doesn't, it will collapse as it did before.
quote: Xbox 360 developers could easily force Microsoft to remove links to illegal game downloads from Bing search results by threatening not to make games for the Xbox 360.
quote: Whats next, no indexing of anything that shows the President in a negative way and any other politician. When you search for BP, the oil spill won't be brought up untill page 9,764.
quote: It is not like google is actually providing the downloads themselves