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Google stepping up with DMCA

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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!
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SOPA, Google and piracy – what to do?

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SOPA has got everyone talking over the past two months, with many heated and emotional debates on piracy, censorship and ignorance. SOPA is a bill in the US that, if passed, would allow the U.S. Department of Justice to seek court orders against websites outside United States that have been accused of infringing on copyright. This bill would also restrict search engines from displaying links to illegal websites within the SERPs – something I think we should all welcome.

Having said that, could Google have done something earlier – which in turn would have made the need for the bill irrelevant?

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