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Who will MPAA go after for this?

I came across a site today that is basically a filesharing application using Google as it’s technology for finding copyrighted files. uses some Google hacks (and the Google API) by the looks of things to seek out anything from MP3s to video files. So who should the MPAA hold responsible for this blatant infringement of copyrighted material?

Should it be the owners of Yamour for basically taking all the nice Google features and presenting it in a more user friendly way or should it chase Google to remove the offending material from its index?

For me, it should be neither. Google is my favourite tool on the web, without it, I would be seriously lost! But why should Google be brought to case over people uploading copyrighted files to the internet? In the same way, why is TorrentSpy being punished for doing something that isn’t very far from what Google is doing?

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MPAA go after the small guys – TorrentSpy sued $110 million


TorrentSpy has been ordered to pay $110m the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) for failing to hand over logs on the activity of users of their website.

The landmark ruling will send shockwaves to the thousands of small torrent search websites and maybe even some of the larger ones that offer a similar service to the one TorrentSpy offered before it shutdown in March of this year.

TorrentSpy in effect, was nothing more than a torrent search engine. It never held or stored any copyrighted material on it’s server. However, it did allow users easily find copyrighted material.

So in effect, TorrentSpy has been sued because it “linked” to copyrighted material, something that Google, Yahoo! and MSN do all the time with their search engine.

A simple search on Google will give you “links” to millions of copyrighted material. Here’s a very simple example of this

Why don’t the MPAA doing anything about this? Is the muscle behind the larger corporates a bridge to far for them to fight in their war against copyright infringement??

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