Google Censors BitTorrent, RapidShare, Others

Google logoIt seems like the content industry has managed to score another hit in its 'fight' against piracy, and this time, it's a big fish. Announced a few weeks ago already, Google has started censoring its auto-complete and instant features for an arbitrary set of search terms - such as 'bittorrent', 'torrent', 'rapidshare', and any terms derived from those (e.g. 'ubuntu torrent' is censored as well).

This move was announced early last month, and comes as part of a wider set of measures to make copyright 'work better' online. The problem here is, of course, that there is nothing illegal about bittorrent, RapidShare, and most of the other terms currently censored. This leads to the crazy situation where completely legal and valid search terms will no longer be able to benefit from Autocomplete and Instant.

BitTorrent., Inc. is a completely legal company, and the technology around it is also completely legal. Yet, any search term containing these terms will no longer be autocompleted, including things like 'Ubuntu torrent'. People who want to learn about this legal technology through Google are now at a disadvantage.

Several BitTorrent clients, some run by legal companies, are also being censored. Not all popular clients are being censored, however, nor are the large BitTorrent sites like The Pirate Bay or my personal favourite (.eu now). Similarly, RapidShare and Megaupload are censored; however, 4shared, HotFile and MediaFire are not. It's all incredibly arbitrary.

These actions are desired by the content industry, who have been pressuring Google into measures like this for a while now. The measures are incredibly sweeping; The Netherlands, and I'm sure several other European countries, are censored as well, even though downloading is perfectly legal in The Netherlands and many other European countries.

For now, actual search results are not blocked, but this is of course a slippery slope. The content industry - a failing industry with not a single grain of innovation in them - have smelled blood, and now that Google has caved to their pressure, they'll surely press on. The next step is removing the search results altogether.

Once again, it would seem that the content industry gets special treatment just because... Well, I still haven't figured that one out yet. While other failing business and industries that are outdated or fail to deliver what customers want will have to face the wrath of the market, the content industry has its own personal little set of laws to wave around and make everyone to their bidding - so they won't have to actually do any innovating themselves. Then, when they get caught with their pants down because a few nerds create the world's most advanced and flexible content distribution system, they fight it - instead of adopting it.

It's like the inventor of the wireless blowjob dispenser being sued into oblivion by the union of pimps.

And they even get support from people along the way. However, when you ask these people if we should have enacted laws to protect the makers of film-based cameras and the film they use, they will find it ridiculous.

I'm disappointed in Google. If they want to enact censorship in the US - be my guest. However, the fact they're trying to censor completely legal activities here in The Netherlands is something I'm not particularly excited about. While this step in and of itself worries me not, it is the next step that has me concerned.

Source: OSnews

Tags: Google, Google+

Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
Your comment:

Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party

Last news

Galaxy Note10 really is built around a 6.7-inch display
You may still be able to download your content
Facebook, Messenger and Instagram are all going away
Minimize apps to a floating, always-on-top bubble
Japan Display has been providing LCDs for the iPhone XR, the only LCD model in Apple’s 2018 line-up
The 2001 operating system has reached its lowest share level
The entire TSMC 5nm design infrastructure is available now from TSMC
The smartphone uses a Snapdragon 660 processor running Android 9 Pie
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 / 2
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /

News Archive



Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (15)