Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Thoughts on "Pirate Google"

Let's see... a group formed a site called "Pirate Google", performing searches for torrent files on Google in an attempt to demonstrate the 'hypocrisy' of prosecuting The Pirate Bay for pirated material when Google also links to illegal torrents.

  • Google indexes torrents more or less incidentally as part of a blind (i.e. covering everything, without preference) spidering of the entire web. The Pirate Bay not only deliberately focuses on indexing torrents, it hosts its own torrent tracker.
  • I'm not sure if a takedown notice is even feasible on a blind, constantly updated index of the entire web, but Google does follow 'safe harbor' provisions by honoring takedown requests on YouTube. The Pirate Bay deliberately violates safe harbor provisions by blatantly refusing takedown requests.
Nope, looks like no difference to me!

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