Category: Google

Google’s piracy profit machine continues unchecked

Watch Disney’s hit Frozen online for free, thanks to Google Google says it’s trying…really…to get tough with online piracy, but actual evidence continues to tell a different story. When is enough really enough?  When will Google really do something to stop the flow of tainted money into its coffers?  Why does the Silicon Valley behemoth still get a free pass when it comes to profiting off content theft?  Why is OK that the company not only profits from piracy, but, in order to ensure the continued flow of money, actually PROVIDES online pirates with (free) infrastructure from which to operate their illegal businesses?...

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No surprise here, links to pirated copies of “House of Cards” at the top of Google search results

Today’s Variety features an article by Todd Spangler with the headline, “House of Cards’ Searches on Google Turn Up Pirate Links as Top Results.”  Color me not surprised in the least. Perhaps folks are noticing because House of Cards is a popular Netflix original series that just launched its second season but the fact that pirate top the list in Google search results is nothing new–just ask musicians and filmmakers.  According to Spangler: In a Google search for “Watch House of Cards” on Wednesday, the top two results were links to apparent pirate sites, couchtuner.eu and stream-tv.me; Netflix showed up third. WebProNews reported...

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How Google (Doesn’t) Fight Piracy

Claiming to be a “leader” in the fight against piracy is Google’s first mistake This past week Google issued a report, “How Google Fights Piracy,” in which the tech giant attempts to explain what a great job it’s doing leading battle against online piracy.  After reading it I think a more accurate title would be “Why Google Shouldn’t Have to Fight Piracy Because it Offers so Much Other Good Stuff.” While the report does outline various positive steps Google’s taken (under duress) to mitigate its role in incentivizing and enabling piracy, most of the document reads more like an...

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Google Wants to Pass the Buck on Piracy, but Keep Theirs?

It’s no surprise that anytime there’s discussion about finding effective ways to combat online piracy Google’s name seems to be in the mix.  When the subject does come up, the constant refrain from Google officials is that they’re doing everything they can–but how much is just PR posturing versus real action? Check out Google’s latest apparent stratagem.  In a story by Katherine Rushton published on 2/16/13 in The Telegraph  “Google looks to cut funds to illegal sites,” she reported that the company is pushing payment processors to cut off the flow of money sites linked to online piracy. Google is in discussions with payment...

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How Are Google’s Anti-Piracy Search Policies Working?

It’s been a few months since Google announced a new initiative designed to lower search results for web-sites reported for piracy.  According to Google, legitimate sites would move up and pirate sites would move down: We aim to provide a great experience for our users and have developed over 200 signals to ensure our search algorithms deliver the best possible results. Starting next week, we will begin taking into account a new signal in our rankings: the number of valid copyright removal notices we receive for any given site. Sites with high numbers of removal notices may appear lower in our results. This...

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