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7:01 pm on Dec 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Google Takes Steps To Make Copyright Work Better Online [googlepublicpolicy.blogspot.com]
As the web has grown, we have seen a growing number of issues relating to infringing content. We respond expeditiously to requests to remove such content from our services, and have been improving our procedures over time. But as the web grows, and the number of requests grows with it, we are working to develop new ways to better address the underlying problem.

Thatís why today weíre announcing four changes that weíll be implementing over the next several months:

  • Weíll act on reliable copyright takedown requests within 24 hours.
  • We will prevent terms that are closely associated with piracy from appearing in Autocomplete.
  • We will improve our AdSense anti-piracy review.
  • We will experiment to make authorised preview content more readily accessible in search results.
  • 7:16 pm on Dec 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

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    Nice, what is a "copyright takedown request"? If google is linking to warez site with illegal downloads of my software, can I do anything about it now?
    9:42 pm on Dec 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

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    I still boggle at [google.com...] with tens of thousands of fake sites already removed by DMCA request, but with hundreds of thousands of fake sites still listed.
    10:31 pm on Dec 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

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    I've always found blogspot and blogger to be among the worst offenders (especially with developing countries) and people use the readily available adsense program, so this is good news. No easy way to contact the blogger and a layout in non english language also makes it very difficult to communicate with the author first.
    10:48 pm on Dec 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

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    Does that mean they are going to remove their preview pages from SERPS? No, thought not.
    10:57 pm on Dec 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

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    A couple of Article sites owners told me the DMCA filings had gone through the roof in the past six months. One said his requests had jumped 100 times over last years. A lot was attributable to automated submission software and the proliferation of these sites. Deal with the content thieves now and they post to 500 sites with a fake name pointing to a lone Adsense site. If the thieves post 20 pages of your content you can easily be looking at 10,000 DMCA filings. You can't touch the site where itís pointed to because the stolen content is not on the hosted site.

    It puts a whole new meaning to duplicate content in Google when 10-15 of these article sites have better PR than you and outrank your original content.

    Plus add a global recession and more Chinese tossing there hat into the ring and you have one fine mess.

    I donít believe Google would have stepped up the process without some prodding from somewhere or feeling it was going to jeopardize Google Editions.

    Iím utterly amazed the US government hasnít stepped in and asked ďJust how many frigging thousands of DMCA complaints have been filed against your Adsense program?Ē. You canít keep hiding all this abuse while innocent people pay the price.
    12:02 am on Dec 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

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    Game on.
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    I've always found blogspot and blogger to be among the worst offenders (especially with developing countries) and people use the readily available adsense program, so this is good news. No easy way to contact the blogger and a layout in non english language also makes it very difficult to communicate with the author first.


    And what is worse is that these blogspot spam sites go right to the top because Google essentially subsidizes their rankings in the search engines as it is a Google service. Sickening.
    4:23 am on Dec 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

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    this is a mess primarily of google's own making.
    5:08 am on Dec 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

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    I would like to see an example of plagiarised content out-ranking the original, other than on a big, well established site.

    Are they also going to improve their response times to counter-notices? Otherwise we will see an increase in the the use of false claims to shut down competitors or critics.
    1:00 am on Dec 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

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    Huge problem with their policy, at least for small businesses: when I filed a DMCA complaint and gave links to articles that were stolen from my site and from other major sites like Cnet and IGN.com, Adsense said they would do nothing unless I:

    file an action seeking a court order to restrain the counter-notifierís allegedly infringing activity


    Now, this site only stole a handful of articles from me, so it's not worth my time to seek a court order, but the site is stealing hundreds of articles from Cnet and IGN, and still Adsense would take no action. It doesn't seem like they're being very proactive at all. I guess they're happy to make money on it until forced to stop doing so.
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    If youíre not the copyright holder you canít file a complaint at least with Adsense. A lot of times sites donít care if their material is stolen.

    Are they also going to improve their response times to counter-notices? Otherwise we will see an increase in the the use of false claims to shut down competitors or critics.


    That one had me ROFL. As if thatís become some significant source of the problem on the Internet. You can probably count the number of DMCA counter-notifications on your fingers and most of those are from where they feel the law wonít reach out and grab them. If the DMCA notice could be filed anonymously it might be a problem but itís the thieves who want to hide behind a wall of secrecy.