The Government ask Google to do their dirty work with file-sharers

13 September 2011

illegal-downloadingIt really doesn't matter what you think of file-sharers because the single most important fact about them is that they're not going to go away.

While people can get stuff for free, they will.

The government, of course, are being pressured by the entertainment industry and sadly for everyone concerned, they have no idea how to combat it.

And so, instead of trying to understand that situation, they've simple asked someone else to do it. This time, they're asking Google to fix it for them.

Basically, the coalition want Google to block filesharing websites from its search results, as culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, believes that this will "make life more difficult" for websites that infringe copyright.

Yeah right.

"We intend to take measures to make it more and more difficult to access sites that deliberately facilitate infringement, misleading consumers and depriving creators of a fair reward for their creativity," Hunt will tell the Royal Television Society conference in Cambridge on Wednesday evening.

Basically, what the suits are hoping is that Google will downgrade unlawful sites in search listings as well as speeding up the legal process which means that sites can be ruled unlawful within weeks of being identified, rather than months or years.

A spokesman for Google said: "Google has industry-leading measures to fight online piracy. We work hand in hand with copyright owners to remove infringing material from search results. Without a court order, any copyright owner can already use our removals process to inform us of copyright infringing content and have it removed from Google search.

"We recently announced a series of measures that make this process even easier, bringing our removal time down to an average of four hours."

TOPICS:   Technology   Government


  • Microsoft
    Hi, it me Bil.... er ... Microsoft again. Just though you'd like to know that we at Microsfot have not been using our patented "Trasnparent" technology to collect information about what you are pirating/legally downloading. We've not got extensive lists of your porn for example. As long as you're ready to upgrade to Windows 8 when the time comes then all will be just dandy and we'll get along fine - even you Mof. So remember folks: Google are dirty bitches that will sell you out while Microsoft will keep your secrets safe until they're needed. Cheers!
  • Rob
    I'm not sure who this tactic is supposed to prevent from file sharing. People already doing it don't need google to help them. People who want to will google it, find no results so google 'other search engines' and find it. People who can't manage the second one wouldn't know how to file share anyway.
  • oliverreed
    Allow me to download a film in DVD/HiDef quality at launch for a reasonable fee and I'd do it, getting to cinema isn't an option for me. Before anyone asks we have a young family - I don't need a wall taking out and a forklift truck to get me to a diet specialist for an intervention! There's a gaming device in the States, name evades me at the moment, which allows you to play the latest games via a gaming cloud on a controller that'll work direct with a TV (and Apple / Android devices - not sure about this bit), you don't own the games and the brains of the device are in the controller, there's a fee for this service of course but looking around me at the shelf fodder that gathers dust - you collect for games that you'll never play again - it sounds great. It has the latest titles so there's no need to crack/chip/potentially add barriers to online play, you don't have to wait for anything to turn up. Games companies get paid per use out of your monthly fee, so good games generate cash, shit games deservedly don't. If I want new music I just listen to podcasts or the radio - how retro! The entertainment industry needs to catch up with consumers needs, people want the latest stuff now, in the comfort of their own home, legality brings barriers - piracy removes them.
  • Alexis
    So some grey Tory buffoon thinks he can stop illegal file sharing by asking one particular search engine if they wouldn't mind awfully if they could bump down the naughty sites in the listing a little bit? Hallelujah. That will fix everything.
  • Dick
    On this issue, I don't think the politician's "colour" really matters. None of them understand the internet. Remember when Stephen Timms (Labour) was going to collect filesharers' IP (Intellectual Property) addresses, when he was Minister for Digital Britain.
  • Brian's U.
    Google isn't going to go for this as it might impact their advertising revenue and hit rate. Another search engine that isn't censored as much as Google would simply take it's place. The internet is fickle like that.
  • Phil
    I love the idea politician’s think that google is the only search engine. How can you legislate on something you don't have the slightest clue about. I guess that explains why some laws can be really stupid.

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