gethan - 5:20 am on Aug 9, 2010 (gmt 0)
Great topic; as with many above sites I run are continuously copied, manually and automatically.
Three interesting issues
1) The mechanics of issuing DMCAs... I always file against google, and the host if based in Europe in the US (I've had no response from Chinese ISPs) - create the paper work for them, it costs them - though google seem to have outsourced there DMCA to some country with English as a 9th language, and instructed the drones to not read the DMCA and send scripted responses. I hate the "please list all the copied URLs" - it's the ENTIRE DAMN SITE - it has thousands of copied pages.
2) Why does Google (any SE) not establish some kind of trust mechanism that means that if in doubt site A (established, good site, running for years, often updated) out ranks - site Z - new scrapper site hosted in China - when there is any duplicate content.
Tedster: " The part of Google's algorithm that is supposed to locate the original and filter out the copies is currently broken. Make that more broken than it was before. It's a tough problem, I'll give them that, but it used to be better than it is. "
Totally agree with Tedster here.
3) The ethics of the no-cost instant digital copies.
Tedster: "There is a philosophy that underpins a lot of the technical world - not just Google - that the human race is entering a new age where intellectual property rights just will vanish into "the cloud". If you ever casually reused an image without being certain you had the right, or if you ever took a copyrighted song or movie from P2P or the torrents, you may be sharing in this same mindset."
No no no ;) - there is a huge difference here! If I were to copy Avatar, remove all the credits, list myself as the director, release it at the cinema, convince Amazon and Walmart to carry my "Avatar" and drop the James Cameroon original, rename the actors, take the credit for the special effects, sell merchandise and scoop up the profit from it - that is what is happening here.
What would happen if Amazon were found to be selling pirated DVDs? this is what google are complicit in - Amazon would still make the profit, as does google as 99% of scraper sites have adsense plastered all over them. It's disgusting that they do not take it more seriously.