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Viva_La_Revolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:06 PM
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House Hearing On File Sharing Turns Into 'But Why Can't Google Magically Stop All Bad Things...

House Hearing On File Sharing Turns Into 'But Why Can't Google Magically Stop All Bad Things Online' Hearing

from the no-surprise-there dept

You kind of knew where things were heading when the House decided to have pre-COICA hearings on what websites can do to deal with copyright infringement -- especially when they titled it "Promoting Investment and Protecting Commerce Online: Legitimate Sites v. Parasites." The very fact that they're presupposing certain sites as "parasites," suggests this hearing was not about reasoned discussion (is any Congressional hearing ever really about that?), but about pointing fingers, and the key finger pointing was directly at Google. I'll have a separate post on the "prepared remarks" of the various speakers, but the Congressional Reps in attendance apparently focused most of their attention on Google, wondering why it's not magically stopping infringement online.

"The question isn't what Google has done," Goodlatte told the audience. "But more about what Google has left to do."

He listed some of the accusations that some in the entertainment industries have leveled at Google, such as the ability of the alleged pirate sites to fund their operations by posting Google ads on their site, as well as an inability by Google to remove infringing materials promptly.

Note what he did not do, which is point out that Google has gone significantly beyond what the law requires to help copyright holders. It's even set up ways for them to directly monetize content when it's found to be infringing online. You would think that helping copyright holders monetize is more important than "stopping infringement," but somehow no one ever seems to think that way. Also note that Goodlatte simply took the (mostly false) accusations by the entertainment industry as fact -- and didn't seem to pay attention to the fact that almost none of the accusations were accurate.
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110406/11553713803/h...
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:14 PM
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1. The internet is a series of tubes. And many of those tubes go through Google. n/t
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 05:59 PM
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2. Wait, do the Republican free market talking points not apply to Google?
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