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[TF] Google Gets Involved in BitTorrent Search Engine Lawsuit

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The appeal is currently ongoing. Two months ago isoHunt filed its opening appellate brief to the Court, requesting better protection from such mass copyright lawsuits for both isoHunt and other search engines alike. Even Google may face similar censorship threats if the injunction holds up, isoHunt lawyer Ira Rothken argued.

Google agreed with this assessment as last week, out of nowhere, the company unexpectedly got involved in the case. The search giant, which has always stayed far away from these types of cases, filed an amicus cuiae brief (third party testimony) at the Appeal Court.

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That doesn’t mean, however, that the brief is in support of isoHunt’s case, not at all.

In fact, Google specifically states that it agrees with the District Court’s conclusion that the isoHunt search engine induced copyright infringement. According to Google isoHunt can be seen as a true “pirate” service and no objections are made against the censorship filter that was ordered.

What Google is worried about is the reasoning the District Court used to reach its conclusion.
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Google trying to prove that torrent search engine sites are not like them, when in fact they kind of are. They offer a search engine service without actually hosting any files themselves. What you can find on torrent search engines can be easily found through a Google search. In that case Google should be held just as liable as the sites being brought to court, but they are trying to avoid that by disproving their (isoHunt's) defense. They're probably going to make it worse for isoHunt or isoHunt can flip it on Google and prove their defense even further.
post #3 of 26
The government is made up of tech savvy people that understand what's going on.


There's nothing wrong with a torrent search engine.
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Google is just trying to cover their own ass so they don't have to do more censorship. Of course eventually this will get to the point where we can't even talk about torrent search engines. That might be considered aiding a criminal and we can't do that, we might get charged for it.
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Enough. The next time this is derailed due to piracy, it's getting closed.
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post #6 of 26
I don't blame google for anything, and in my opinion no one should. They may be providing the gun, but if someone decides to use it illegally and shoot someone with it, that's what being a human being is... choices. Hopefully that analogy doesn't open up a box of worms...
post #7 of 26
you cannot pirate any games or products on google, but you can search for them, they should be put to trial
post #8 of 26
A search engine searches webpages. That's it. It does not host the illegal content, it merely finds it.
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If Google were female, I'd go down on her all day. Precedents are being set that will affect the future of our internet freedoms.

Way to step up Google.
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Google allows access to stuff. But it isn't specifically designed to go after torrents. It searches the internet. So google I don't think can be blame. But what you can do is you can keep torrent sites from showing up on Google, which I think is what will happen.

IsoHunt has one goal in mind and that is to find torrents. Nothing by accident here with their search engines.
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