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Google and Bearshare

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#1 Mr Alpha

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Posted 28 December 2004 - 01:23 PM

When searching for Bearshare in Google this showed up at the bottom:

In response to a complaint we received under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 3 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint for these removed results.

Take a look at the complaint:

Dear Sirs;

We are intellectual property counsel to Free Peers, Inc ("Free Peers").

Free Peer's hereby places you on notice that:

1. Free Peers is the exclusive owner of the copyrights in and to the BearShare software, the bearshare.com website and the text, artwork, logos, and photographs appearing therein (singly and collectively, the "BearShare Material"); and

2. Utilizing the search query, "bearshare," at www.google.com, the following search results and sponsored links ("the Infringing Material") provide direct access to unauthorized copies of the BearShare Material or unauthorized derivative works of the BearShare Material which infringe the BearShare Material and exclusive rights of Free Peers:

...and so on.

Oh my, what will DMCA be used to next? In my opinion this is a bad precedent for blocking sites from search engines and could lead to a quasi-censure of the internet.
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#2 Grinler


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Posted 29 December 2004 - 11:19 AM

Wow thats scary and am very surprised google gave in to that. They have always prided themselves as neutral in all matters and that a search result is a search result. Sad to see them cave in

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Posted 30 December 2004 - 01:26 AM

They removed only 4 out of 700,000-some references, and those four were removed, one assumes, under legal pressure, and what they removed are illegal (and perhaps corrupt) copies of the program.
However, Google's cave in to the Chinese Government, in suppressing many references to sights of which the Chinese government did not approve, certainly indicates that all of us need to be vigilant in protecting the right of free speech, especially since---for good or bad---free speech has been the origin of the Web's driving force in all our lives.
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#4 cowsgonemadd3


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Posted 30 December 2004 - 10:05 AM

WOW didnt know that.

Edited by cowsgonemadd3, 30 December 2004 - 10:06 AM.

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