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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: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 14 2014, @05:39PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 14 2014, @05:39PM (#16526)

    So, what would be the preferred way? Torrent search sites are terrible for obscure shows or anyone with special needs (such as subtitles, or a different language, or both); and closed-door forums are by their own nature limited to host a small subset of popular or subject-specific content. Is there another way I'm missing?

    For all the malware-ridden, insert-your-phone-number pages found through a search engine, at least you have the indexing and filtering power of Google's engine, and a well refined search can find the desired payload. Heck, sometimes the RIAA shutdown notice is the best way to find a working URL among an ocean of crappy results.

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