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The French Supreme Court has ruled that Google should censor the words ‘torrent’, ‘rapidshare’ and ‘megaupload’ from its Instant and Autocomplete search services.

Music industry group SNEP asked the court to stop the terms from coming up in Google’s searches because, it claimed, the Chocolate Factory was thereby facilitating piracy.

A lower court rejected the request from SNEP because it said that these links did not constitute infringement of copyright in and of themselves. However, the Supreme Court has reversed the decision, saying that the relief sought by the group was likely to prevent or partially stop infringements.


This will no doubt make the French even less popular.

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However, the Supreme Court has reversed the decision, saying that the relief sought by the group was likely to prevent or partially stop infringements.

I wouldn't think there are many people that are searching Google for "Backstreet Boys" that suddenly decide they'd like to pirate music when Google suggests "Backstreet Boys Torrents."

I guess it could happen though thinking.gif



Anyways... as usual, it won't stop them.
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As more programs/games/music is all streaming/online now these days I really do think torrents and other forms of mass downloading products you did not purchase is a huge issue. It is sad however that we have to have governments ordering private companies to filter their own search engines. You'd think it'd be more of a proactive process with companies or music groups that have their own music distributed through torrents without permission or any form or financial support for the downloading.

We've all made the move to purchasing tangible products online through ebay/amazon/newegg etc, however, when its digital media, people seem to cause a fit for when we're technically stealing it without actually purchasing it. There should be no difference between the two. thumb.gif

I understand there's a difference with digital media, you could borrow a CD from a friend and upload it to your computer. That's different. But its like recording a show or movie or music, how you get the FBI warnings of mass distributing it, we can watch it for education purposes in classes/school, or for personal use, but mass marketing and distributing the media should be stifled.
Edited by Cakewalk_S - 7/19/12 at 9:08am
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When you search on Google for an artist, in about 15 results down there is always a list of megaupload, mediafire, torrent download results. It might gives idea to the people to pirate so this is probably why.
 
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is autocomplete referring to if i typed "megaup", and the dropdown no long uncludes "megaupload"? i really don't see having to fully type out media fire or megaupload as a deterrent
Edited by DaXxJaPxX - 7/19/12 at 9:22am
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Well, I can't say i'm happy about internet censorship in any form, but removing links to these sites from the list of suggestions doesn't sound too bad. They're not actually keeping people from searching for these sites or blocking access to them.

Meh, i'm not French, so until this affects the US, I don't care tongue.gif
 
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Like if those words were the big problems.

I'm pretty sure I could find on 1-2 pages of google some massive illegal pedo forums. That is very sad that they find megaupload to be a threat to anything at all.
Disgusting, ban things that needs bans first, then pirating. Not reverse ...

Heck, so many things needs a ban on google it's ridiculous, it shouldn't be only in france, everywhere, ban all of those nasty website promoting illegal and disgusting content.
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Meh, i'm not French, so until this affects the US, I don't care tongue.gif

That is a pretty obtuse view. A lot of law is built on precedent - things that have happened before - so we need to care about any case like this that sets a precedent.

OK, so it is in France and not the US, but you can bet that when a similar case comes up in the US they will point to this ruling as an example.

So really it has, admittedly indirectly, already affected the US. Start caring.
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When you search on Google for an artist, in about 15 results down there is always a list of megaupload, mediafire, torrent download results. It might gives idea to the people to pirate so this is probably why.

I see where they're coming from and parially agree, I just find it very unlikely that it will cause somebody to visit it. If you know what a torrent is, you'd search for it anyway. If you don't know what it is, you probably have no idea what the word means and wouldn't go to it. Even if they did go to it, I doubt they'd know what to do since you need to actually download a seperate program to download a torrent. Torrents aren't always bad though, I've torrented FTP games like Blacklight and Continent of the ninth since either download servers are down or I can download the game in a matter of minutes since I can cap out at 6mb/s compared to the average 2.5-3mb/s I get with regular game installer.

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That is a pretty obtuse view. A lot of law is built on precedent - things that have happened before - so we need to care about any case like this that sets a precedent.
OK, so it is in France and not the US, but you can bet that when a similar case comes up in the US they will point to this ruling as an example.

That's why I said "until" and not "if" this affects the US. Plus, until this type of censorship makes it to the US, my "caring" won't change anything. If you want to start an international petition, i'll sign it, but I doubt the French Supreme Court cares what a handful of people in the United States think.
 
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