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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Google Praised for Censorship?

The IFPI is the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, and they’re associated with the mafia RIAA, the Recording Industry Association of America. In the IFPI’s latest Digital Music Report [PDF], chairman John Kennedy emphasizes that it’s the role of ISPs to deal with copyright infringements – his analogy is that what’s possible with Google’s censorship in China ought to be possible everywhere (my emphasis):

*At one time you were considered a new media philistine if you wanted to regulate the internet. But then Google promised the Chinese government that censorship was possible. Then Google blacklisted BMW in the internet world for anti-social behaviour. It seems policing is acceptable for all sorts of things but not intellectual property!*

True, gatekeeper Google will, “in response to local laws, regulations, or policies,” make “compromises” and censor content, they say, and that includes regulations which silence human rights watch groups (they also remove search spam, which Mr. Kennedy briefly mixed up with the human rights watch group site, but that’s OK). But relax, Mr. Kennedy – under the US Digital Millenium Copyright Act, you can already pressure Google to remove copyright infringements from their search results... just send a complaint. Worked for the Church of Scientology.

[Via Boing Boing.]


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