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posted by LaminatorX on Friday March 14 2014, @01:35PM   Printer-friendly
from the blather-rinse-repeat dept.

Fluffeh writes:

"In a written statement to a House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on the DMCA takedown system, RIAA CEO Cary Sherman informed lawmakers about the ongoing struggle against online piracy. 'All those links to infringing music files that were automatically repopulated by each pirate site after today's takedown will be re-indexed and appear in search results tomorrow. Every day we have to send new notices to take down the very same links to illegal content we took down the day before. It's like Groundhog Day for takedowns,' Sherman says.

Google, however, clearly disagrees with the RIAA, Katherine Oyama, Google's Senior Copyright Policy Counsel said 'The best way to battle piracy is with better, more convenient, legitimate alternatives to piracy, as services ranging from Netflix to Spotify to iTunes have demonstrated. The right combination of price, convenience, and inventory will do far more to reduce piracy than enforcement can.'"

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Sir Garlon on Friday March 14 2014, @02:13PM

    by Sir Garlon (1264) on Friday March 14 2014, @02:13PM (#16383)

    The RIAA wants to shift the costs of defending their business model onto others: Google, the taxpayer, doesn't matter who. What amazes me is that Google is absorbing the costs to keep processing takedown requests, and the RIAA has the nerve to bitch about their small share of the costs.

    Dear RIAA: if you don't like playing whack-a-mole, you can stop any time. When it costs too much to continue the fight, that is called "defeat." Deal with it.

    [Sir Garlon] is the marvellest knight that is now living, for he destroyeth many good knights, for he goeth invisible.
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  • (Score: 2) by wantkitteh on Friday March 14 2014, @02:22PM

    by wantkitteh (3362) on Friday March 14 2014, @02:22PM (#16388) Homepage Journal

    Google aren't doing this by choice, they're doing it because they lost the lawsuits the RIAA filed against them alleging complicity with the file sharers. Whether or not they are compelled do by the verdicts in those cases is open for argument, but I'm guessing the costs associated with their (token) attempts to do the RIAA's bidding are somewhat lower than the cost of fighting off another round of legal trolling.

    As much as I hate the RIAA, you have to admire their ability to get other people to do all the work for them.

    • (Score: 2) by mrcoolbp on Friday March 14 2014, @03:26PM

      by mrcoolbp (68) <> on Friday March 14 2014, @03:26PM (#16440) Homepage


      “Google places a numerical limit on the number of search queries we can make to find the infringing content and, as a result, we can only take down a tiny fraction of the number of infringing files on each pirate site, let alone on the Internet generally,â€

      I read that as "Waaaaaaah, they won't let us use 4509TB/sec of their searching servers to do our bidding! WAAAAAAAAAH!"

      (Score:1^½, Radical)
  • (Score: 1) by Rune of Doom on Friday March 14 2014, @05:26PM

    by Rune of Doom (1392) on Friday March 14 2014, @05:26PM (#16524)

    But the MAFIAA has a right to make a profit from their business model! That's why they spent years buying legislation!