To be or not to be, censorship of your online access.
Should you be in control of your moral dilemmas?
There is no definitive to stop online copyright infringement. Google believes the steps they’ve taken could help to decrease piracy.
The search giant quietly expanded its list of censored search phrases with the addition of The Pirate Bay’s domain names. The blacklist prevents popular keywords from appearing in Google’s Instant and Autocomplete search services.
By censoring parts of their search services, Google is sending out a strong signal that they are committed to combating online copyright infringement, and to a certain degree their efforts are effective.
What is the right amount of control?
Should I plug my ears if someone is playing a song in their vehicle and I don’t own it.
Even without access to The Pirate Bay, there are still many easy ways to get hold of copyrighted media using torrent files, which have legitimate applications as well as pirate uses. Google will turn up torrent files if a user attaches the term “filetype:torrent” to their search.
A Pirate Bay spokesperson told TorrentFreak that they are not the least bit hurt by Google’s “half-baked” attempts to keep people away from their site. They haven’t noticed a decrease in referrals from Google either, and even if that was the case it wouldn’t be a problem as only a small percentage of The Pirate Bay’s traffic comes from search engines.
“Blocking the Pirate Bay is pointless and dangerous,” says Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group. “It will fuel calls for further, wider and even more drastic Internet censorship of many kinds, from pornography to extremism. Internet censorship is growing in scope and becoming easier. Yet it never has the effect desired. It simply turns criminals into heroes.”
Microsoft blocked sending thepiratebay link to someone over MSN Messenger.
ISPs will block the site using Domain Name Service (DNS) filtering, which will prevent their customers’ computers from translating The Pirate Bay’s domain name (thepiratebay.se) into its internet protocol (IP) address, the sequence of numbers which gives the site’s actual coordinates on the internet. But such measures are trivial for dedicated pirates to circumvent, either by using different DNS settings or an anonymous connection service such as Tor.
Google – Nothing has been censored. The terms have been removed from the auto complete feature only. Even though the blacklist prevents popular keywords from appearing in Google’s Instant and Autocomplete search services, the pages themselves remain indexed.
“RapidShare is one of the most popular websites worldwide. Every day hundreds of thousands of users rely on our services to pursue their perfectly legitimate interests. That is why Google has obviously gone too far with censoring the results of its suggest algorithm. A search engine’s results should reflect the users’ interests and not Google’s or anybody else’s,” the company added.
“It’s unfair musicians are attacked for even expressing concerns,” says Chris Kornelis, Seattle Weekly music editor and co- host of Seattle Sounds on 97.3 KIRO FM. But he says people forget the bottom line. Whether it’s buying guitar strings or renting a rehearsal space, it costs money to make music. “When you steal music, when you don’t pay for it, you’re actually hurting musicians,” Kornelis says.
“The High Court has confirmed that The Pirate Bay infringes copyright on a massive scale,” said BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor. “Its operators line their pockets by commercially exploiting music and other creative works without paying a penny to the people who created them. This is wrong. Musicians, sound engineers and video editors deserve to be paid for their work just like everyone else.”
Jamie King, the founder of Vodo – a platform where artists can share their work with million of people at no cost – agrees with this assessment. Searching for one of their perfectly legal releases on Google used to suggest the word “torrent” with a link to the download page, but not anymore.
Those who do, do. Those who don’t, Don’t!
Turning off Autocomplete won’t bother anyone who knows what they’re looking for, or someone who tries more general terms. If people want to pirate, they will pirate, but if you’re not a pirate – why should they be encouraged to pirate?
There is genius in simplicity! Intent delivered- Access made simple *Starme