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Megaupload: Google Filter is “Great News for Us”

Megaupload: Google Filter is “Great News for Us”

Shrugs off Google filtering its name from Autocomplete, and has already been working overtime to diminish their relationship as much as possible.  Repeats refrain that Google is the one guilty of “hosting the world largest index of pirated content.”

Yesterday I mentioned how Google had suddenly decided to live up it to a promise it made last month to “prevent terms that are closely associated with piracy from appearing in Autocomplete.”

The effort was part of its goal for “Making Copyright Work Better Online,” a four part plan to “better address”what it calls the “bad apples who use the Internet to infringe copyright.”

However, so far the terms it’s decided to filter from Autocomplete are arbitrary at best. It banned terms like BitTorrent, uTorrent, Rapidshare, and Megaupload for example, but still allows Vuze, Transmission, The Pirate Bay, and Mediafire.

Asked Megaupload what they thought about Google filtering their name from Autocomplete and I was told they really didn’t care, that the more private the site is the better.

“That’s great news for us,” Bonnie Lam told me in an email from Megaupload HQ. “We are making it hard for the Google crawler to index Megaupload links on our sites for several years now.”

She directed me to a Google trends graph illustrating its efforts to keep Megaupload links off of Google as much as possible.

As you can see below, it’s steadily decreased since peaking towards the end of 2009.

“As you can see Rapidshare gets the largest search volume of all file hosters. But Mega is larger in terms of traffic and users. And we have achieved that without Google. We like the links of our users to remain private! That is why we don’t provide a search feature on our site,” added Lam.

So when it comes down to it Megaupload shrugs off Google filtering its name from Autocomplete, and has even been working overtime to diminish their relationship as much as possible. It’s a good move on their part since it obviously reduces their visibility and potential for complaints by copyright holder critics.

Megaupload also repeats the refrain it made after the US Chamber of Commerce blasted it for being a “rogue site” supposedly profiting at the “expense” of the American creative industries, that Google hosts by far much more pirated content than any other site in the world.

“We are unfairly on the radar of the MPAA and RIAA while Google is hosting the world largest index of pirated content,” said Lam.

All in all filtering terms from Autocomplete is fairly benign when you think about it, but it does hint at the potential for a disturbing trend in which Google could decide to filter terms “closely associated with piracy” from the search results as well.

Stay tuned.

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Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
Dave
Dave

Can't say this bothers me in the least. The best feature of Google's Autocomplete is the option to turn it off. It's the only feature I use. Google censoring it is just another nail in its coffin. Need evidence that Google believes and follows its "Don't be Evil" motto? They tell you when they have censored links, and the post a link to the DMCA takedown notice on ChillingEffects. That notice includes the EXACT LINK that Google was ordered to remove. Google is operating within the letter of the asinine law by complying with DMCA requests, but doing plenty to circumvent that law and get the people what they want.

tiger97a
tiger97a

well i have already started going with another browser and i have notice that google is starting to interfere with me going to certain places so goodbye googlenice knowing you just doint want to use you.

lol
lol

so this will probably mean 1 of 3 thins, maybe all. 1) p2p search engine, 2) learn "google-fu" 3) use multiple search engines either way, ima be EVEN MORE tech savvy lol, and MAFIAA will still be dumb and old LOLZ

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

Anyone know a decentralized search-engine I can install on my PC? You know, to circumvent all this. Rely less on others and such.

du2vye
du2vye

They want everyone else to do their dirty work so they don't have to interrupt their "hard work" at the golf course. When are folks going to get a brain? RIAA, MPAA, IFPI are TRADE associations and do not represent the "artists"; bands, musicians, writers, actors, etc who have their own associations. They represent only MEMBER corporations, which isn't even half the content people want anymore. They just don't count content that doesn't belong to their membership and hope that no one notices or is stupid enough to believe their phoney "studies"/press releases (like Congress). As far as they are concerned, a person shouldn't be allowed to upload a file of themselves singing in the shower or a video of their kids - IF it doesn't belong to them. That is the premise they assume. As much as file hosts are used for sharing illegal content, the service is legal AND they host more than what can be explained by downloading. A lot of people use their services to back up personal files online and there are a ton of legit business uses as well. The traditional media corporations need to face up that times have changed, not only in the marketplace but demand for the entertainment dollar. While they have been spreading nasty vibes and press, breaking people's hardware and making it illegal to hack, personalize or customize, a whole generation has grown up - without their influence. And they aren't about to start listening to them now. TV, newspapers and radio have become monopolized and marginalized. They can't get to people through mail systems. How else do they expect to attract new customers if they won't allow them to sample their products? They are speaking to dead air. The void will be taken up by someone else -- which is exactly what they are trying to prevent. Explain why we can't watch over the air - free tv online or BBC in the US? Only the people in Congress might believe RIAA, MPAA or IFPI actually own the copyrights to what's in demand today. Most people have found alternatives to their "entertainment". I wouldn't spend a dime on something I didn't know I wanted first. Google is marginalizing themselves by playing their game and pacifying them. It's about time there was a void for another search engine.

Aerilus
Aerilus

Google is an idiot for accepting any responsibility, by caving on this the mpaa and riaa are just going to want a glass of milk to go with their cookie then are going to use this acceptance of responsibility to further their agenda possibly suing the hell out of Google later on if Google doesn't continue to give them what it wants. all the legal cases that have been won against organizations that claimed to be isps (i.e. the pirate bay, mininova etc) where won because the administrators took some roll no matter how small in moderating. If google continues to mess with content protection and censoring it is going to end up losing is DMCA safeguards by abdicating its agnostic isp status.

disinter
disinter

Thanks alot megaupload. Go ahead and push harder and end search engines as we know it.



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