Google’s new search policy leaves free Internet advocates worried



10th Aug, Google announced that it will begin using copyright takedown notices to influence where sites show up in search results. The general idea behind it is that if a site has a lot of takedown notices (made under DMCA), it risks being demoted in search rankings. Obviously, this new decision has won the hearts of copyright advocates like the MPAA and the RIAA, but it’s making those who would keep the Internet free and open a little uneasy.

Both the MPAA and the RIAA have praised Google for its newfound intolerance of copyright infringement. It wasn’t too long ago that Google was at odds with the MPAA and RIAA, as the search giant stood against SOPA, a bill which the MPAA and RIAA both loved. Now, however, Google is understandably caught between a rock and a hard place. PCWorld reports that Google needs partners in Hollywood, and one of the best ways to do that is to crack down on copyright infringement. Indeed, Google may have just earned those partners in Hollywood, as the MPAA and the RIAA both seem pleased as punch by the implementation of this new policy.

No one is going to argue that copyright infringement is a good thing, but groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation are worried that some sites may unjustly get caught in the crossfire. “In particular, we worry about the false positives problem,” the EFF wrote on its website. “For example, we’ve seen the government wrongly target sites that actually have a right to post the allegedly infringing material in question or otherwise legally display content.” The EFF continues by saying that since this new policy is so vague, it worries that Google will end up doing the same thing – punishing law-abiding websites, “without recourse” for those who have been wrongly demoted.

There’s also the matter of false take down notices. It isn’t exactly a secret that some business like to file fake take down requests against their competitors as of way of gaining an edge, so Google will have to be watching out for that as well. Google will definitely have its work cut out for it when it rolls out this new policy next week, so it’s easy to understand why it’s making some Internet advocates a little worried. Stay tuned more details as this whole thing develops.

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    packmaster 13 Aug 2012 #

    Remember, Goggle aren't the only search engine out there, use the others when you can and if you really want to let then know you are unhappy, hit them were it hurts. In their wallets. Most of googles revenue is from AdWords, don't use AdWords links.They are a giant in the industry because we (the users) put them their.

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    skopas 13 Aug 2012 #

    looks like Google is trying to save it's ass. It's all BS...and tons of it. Just to much pressure for the search giant.

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    sheesh 13 Aug 2012 #

    or you can take advantage by putting the sites you want to visit at the very end of the google rankings and just click to the last page

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    sisyphus 13 Aug 2012 #

    The world is less free every day.

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    skopas 13 Aug 2012 #

    looks like Google is trying to save it's ass. It's all BS...and tons of it. Just to much pressure for the search giant.

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    packmaster 13 Aug 2012 #

    Remember, Goggle aren't the only search engine out there, use the others when you can and if you really want to let then know you are unhappy, hit them were it hurts. In their wallets. Most of googles revenue is from AdWords, don't use AdWords links.They are a giant in the industry because we (the users) put them their.

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    sheesh 13 Aug 2012 #

    or you can take advantage by putting the sites you want to visit at the very end of the google rankings and just click to the last page

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    packmaster 15 Aug 2012 #

    LOL. Good one.

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    warez007 13 Aug 2012 #

    this could be subject to abuse. i don't think this is beneficial to everyone as someone could easily downgrade your site by just simply reporting it. do google have the human resources to check if the downgraded site is legitimately reported as such??? i don't think so since there are millions out there. down with this one.

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    ronsin 15 Aug 2012 #

    Idiot's, The MPAA. Don't they know that not only is it free advertising, but they could make money on pay per click from YouTube (Google). They'll be sorry. They forget how lucky they where when they lost the court case against Sony's Betamax. Home Video tape became a Multi Million dollar industry which turned into the Multi Billion dollar DVD industry. And now they are going to loose out on a Multi Trillion dollar industry.
    The MPAA are a bunch of ignorant idiots. Let them complain and have their stuff moved to the bottom. The ones that don't complain will be the Winners.

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    thedownloader4u 15 Aug 2012 #

    Google is trying to get in good grace with the entertainment industry. So for me it's expected, they have plans to compete with ITunes but on a bigger front which covers devices all the way up to T.Vs. Offering high level content along with there 1Gbs connection rollout.. so this is the beginning. More to come

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    paganini 16 Aug 2012 #

    i got a windows 8 and i think it's shit just because it is pointed on the mobile i pads tablets etc so google play's the monney game with the large industries and windows 8 is just a modifyed 7 with all that stupid
    gadgets on it just to make more monney with mobile internet and that means you gonna have to pay for 2 internetconnections the internetproviders love it more monney every month and they give you fake promesis like hey you can do that and wifi and most people are doing it and then came the bill and everybody nows that it is very expensive so you have more options ha bullshit can you store 10TB one a i pad or tablet and look at a movie on a gsm screen bullshit or are you gonna use adobe after effects on those things(and after effects needs 16GB ram and 64bit and a graphics card a large one)not even spoken over the rest well my friends i 'm not interested at all bud that's how it goes yeah wifi good for the hackers to crack online banking so whe cannod stop it the BIG MONNEYMAKERS.expanding the internet BULLSHIT.

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    Fudge 17 Aug 2012 #

    Google loves Google shareholders and not you - What? they love me they give me free gmail etc? that is because you my freind are a fucking tool - They fucked up youtube and ruined that for every one except the rich

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    famestre 18 Aug 2012 #

    Well I think is much easier if all webmasters, put off the Google Analytics scripts far from websites. Obvious, Google can not index that page, and therefore, does not show in search engine. And Google miss possible monetary renues on that page. Users still can search thoses pages in Yahoo, Alexa, and others. I guess is a start point to downgrade Google. Its a punishment vote against Google.

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    mf1212 19 Aug 2012 #

    or you can search by site by just adding the string site:url in google search.
    for example search dvdrip site:thepiratebay.se in google and see howmany bad site resolts come back

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