I have a bit of downtime in Berlin (great city, although the weather has been extremely wet and cold!) and wanted to post my thoughts on Matt Brittin’s comments that I read in yesterday’s Telegraph. Brittin blamed politicians rather than Google for any wrong doing, but also stated that Google isn’t immoral. What are your initial thoughts?
I’ve been quite outspoken about Google’s half hearted attempts in the past to create an environment that offers the best quality results – that of course are legal for the general public. Google wouldn’t allow a website to sell class A drugs over the Internet, so why allow websites to offer pirated material? It is a big debate, which I address in the Google, piracy and SOPA blog a couple of months back – but I generally think if Google had not have taken the “It has nothing to do with us!” policy, then the need for SOPA would have materialised.
Having said that, in the last few months, I’ve noticed a vast amount of URLs being removed due to DMCA complaints. I’ve even received one, wrongly, myself!