3 weeks ago, Google tooted it’s own horn and patted itself on the back for this development:
Google said the changes in its search algorithms would “help users find legitimate, quality sources of content more easily — whether it’s a song previewed on NPR’s music website, a TV show on Hulu or new music streamed from Spotify.”
How did Google plan to achieve this?
Google Aug. 10 announced that it soon will change how search results for content is prioritized, with websites receiving a high number of copyright removal notices appearing lower in search results.
The question begging to be asked is why does Google allow the websites to appear at all? Why not remove premeditated repeat infringers altogether? What plausible lawful rationale can be provided for a website that receives “a high number of copyright removal notices”?
Anticipating the obvious question, Google offered this flimsy excuse:
“Only copyright holders know if something is authorized, and only courts can decide if a copyright has been infringed; Google cannot determine whether a particular webpage does or does not violate copyright law,” Amit Singhal, SVP of engineering for Google, wrote in a blog post. “So while this new signal will influence the ranking of some search results, we won’t be removing any pages from search results unless we receive a valid copyright removal notice from the rights owner.”
Hey Google. We see through you. Shuffling search results is just three card monte. Grow a pair and stop facilitating piracy by pointing thieves to infringing websites.
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