raseone - 3:57 pm on Aug 7, 2013 (gmt 0)
I agree completely with with Google's assertion that they can not stop piracy. It's like asking a water company to stop water pollution. I believe their response was something like... "We will not be the worlds piracy police".
Imagine carri g that over to the water analogy. No one is asking Google to police all the worlds piracy. Many are however asking them to "police" their own system. I'm not asking the water company to end all pollution, I'm simply asking them to deliver clean water to my home.
As several people have pointed out here: you have to be proactive if you expect to make a living from intellectual property such as software or art or music or anything else that can be reduced to "data".
What this post really needs is a list of links to file dmca requests for google search, copyright complaints to Google Adsense, and to contact Google's legal team. Some links to articles or news showing the results of such attempts would shed some light.
As both a provider of organic search and a provider of paid avertising Google seemed to have the "conflict of interests" issue well in hand until panda. I have been a user, partner, fan & stockholder of Google for many years now. As such I gave them the full benefitnofbthe doubt for some time on this issue. My experience over the last two Years however has lead me to believe that this philosophy of negligence is to beneficial to them to be a coincidence.
I'd like to hear any suggestions anyone might have as to how an independent software developer, author or artist of any kind could reach the masses without Google. It's obviously possible to reach "some" people but with Google's near monopoly on the guiding of traffic it's not really a fair game.
I get contract work through word of mouth. I expand the audience for my fonts with availability through major distributors... I am not entirely dependent on Google. I guess I made the mistake of thinking Google and I were partners with the common goal of brining quality content to the world. I was under the mistaken impression that they needed people like me. All they really need is my material. As an actual human being I am just another mouth to feed.
I am dedicated entirely to my craft and to supporting my family. I will never stop. At some point though, my resources and my patience will run out. At this point I feel like I could make more money suing them then working with them. In reality though I have to continue my struggle with the websites. I will continue to catalog what I believe to be willful instances of infringement.