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[TorrentFreak] Google Defends Hotfile (and Megaupload) in Court

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Google has filed a brief at a federal court in Florida defending the file-hosting site Hotfile in its case against the MPAA. The search giant accuses the movie companies of misleading the court and argues that Hotfile is protected under the DMCA’s safe harbor. Indirectly, Google is also refuting claims being made by the US government in the criminal case against Megaupload.

Source.

Oh boy, here we go.
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Round two. Fight!
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Google > Government
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Google to MPAA...."COME AT ME BRO"
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This is amazing.
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I need some popcorn and a case of beer. The big guns have arrived. Someone call for air support?

Damned good points here:

Google stresses that the burden to report and identify pirated material lies with the copyright holder, not Hotfile, and suggests that the MPAA tried to mislead the court to believe otherwise.

“The Court should not be misled. It should resist any effort to shift the investigatory burden that Congress deliberately allocated to copyright owners or to impose on Hotfile policing obligations of which it is specifically relieved by the DMCA,” Google writes.

Moving on to another issue, one that’s also key in the criminal case against Megaupload, Google says that there’s nothing wrong with only removing links to files.

Both the MPAA and the US Government claim that it’s wrong for Hotfile to delete links but keep the actual files on their servers, but Google disagrees.

“Plaintiffs make much of the fact that Hotfile, at least for a time, apparently removed only the specific download link identified as infringing in a given DMCA takedown notice, and did not take the additional step of blocking other files on its system (not called out in the notice) that might have also have contained the copyrighted work at issue,” they write.

“But, in this respect, Hotfile did exactly what the DMCA demands, and plaintiffs’ takedown notices cannot be used to charge the service with knowledge of allegedly infringing material that those notices did not specifically identify.”
Edited by tsm106 - 3/19/12 at 11:23pm
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Since I'm clearly not the only one that gets that "If Google has your back..." thought,
then I think this will be the second, and final round.

I can already hear the "Finish him!" coming...

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Edited by Rezard - 3/19/12 at 11:24pm
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Google brought us the most widely used search engine, took YouTube and made it explode, and Android is made of awesome-sauce.

Google > Government may have been the best comment ever, in the history of the internet.
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Wow, and who said that don't be evil slogan was bs with relation to google. Looks like google is going to bat for our rights, at least someone will. Yay google. (1(0x100))
Edited by Maelthras - 3/19/12 at 11:39pm
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Wow, and who said that don't be evil slogan was bs with relation to google. Looks like google is going to bat for our rights, at least someone will. Yay 1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000!!!

Actually, google needs to defend them. Since merely taking down a link isn't enough, it can be perverted to attack google, which has plenty of links to sites, reguardless of hosting (probably part of why Google Groups no longer hosts files, though).
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