Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Mar 2012 19:37 UTC
Legal "Google has filed a brief at a federal court in Florida defending the file-hosting site Hotfile in its case against the MPAA. The search giant accuses the movie companies of misleading the court and argues that Hotfile is protected under the DMCA's safe harbor. Indirectly, Google is also refuting claims being made by the US government in the criminal case against Megaupload." Obviously, Google isn't really defending Hotfile or MegaUpload here - they're defending themselves by proxy.
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by Hiev on Thu 22nd Mar 2012 20:07 UTC
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by Beta on Fri 23rd Mar 2012 00:00 UTC in reply to "..."
Beta Member since:
2005-07-06

No.

Google allows people to upload files and share them, so do these sites. If Google doesn’t argue their case, they are likely to lose functionality with their offerings.

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by Hiev on Fri 23rd Mar 2012 00:59 UTC in reply to "RE: ..."
Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

Why not both?

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by jxiz on Fri 23rd Mar 2012 09:32 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
jxiz Member since:
2012-03-23

Don't know what's with the Google hate. Are you some kind of Microsoft fanboy mad that your company is no longer relevant?

There are always ways to put a negative spin on things, but I have no reason to believe Google doesn't do what they think is best for the user. If it's not, then they'll fix it. I don't see how any worse Google is from anyone else. They certainly have never done anything illegal intentionally, otherwise they would lose lawsuits all the times.

If you want to talk illegal, just try changing your search engine in Internet Explorer. It's really fucking well hidden. I don't understand how they can get away with this without being sued for antitrust, again.

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by lucas_maximus on Fri 23rd Mar 2012 13:25 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Yes because if you hate Google, you must love Microsoft ... it isn't a dichotomy my friend.

Edited 2012-03-23 13:25 UTC

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by Fergy on Fri 23rd Mar 2012 20:25 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: ..."
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Yes because if you hate Google, you must love Microsoft ... it isn't a dichotomy my friend.

Everybody knows there are 4 choices: Google, Microsoft, Sony, Apple

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by Hiev on Fri 23rd Mar 2012 21:54 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: ..."
Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

How about none?

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by Soulbender on Sat 24th Mar 2012 11:24 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: ..."
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

You forgot us freetards.

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by Hiev on Fri 23rd Mar 2012 19:31 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

but I have no reason to believe Google doesn't do what they think is best for the user. If it's not, then they'll fix

Yeah right,zombie some more.

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by Laurence on Fri 23rd Mar 2012 13:00 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Why not both?

The "credibility" gained from this would be negligible.

Most people don't care, many people even believe the propaganda that Hotfile (et al) are illegal darknets that should be terminated and the staff imprisoned for life.

But most importantly, those that do care are not all leaving Google in their droves anyway. YouTube is a de facto standard for video sharing. Google Maps is the de facto standard for maps and Google Search is the de facto standard search engine.

Google don't stand to loose much in terms of public opinion. However they will loose a great deal if the courts rule that YouTube is illegal off the back of the Hotfile / Megaupload saga.

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by MOS6510 on Fri 23rd Mar 2012 15:03 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I doubt that even the common man knows about Mega Hot Uploaded File or indeed cares.

Of course Google has their on-line disk, while this service, just like Dropbox or Microsoft's Skydrive, isn't geared towards 'illegal' file sharing like Hot Uploaded Mega File was it could be a next step by the media industry.

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How many...
by kwan_e on Fri 23rd Mar 2012 08:30 UTC
kwan_e
Member since:
2007-02-18

How many imaginary jobs were lost because of Megaupload and Hotfile?

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by henrikmk on Fri 23rd Mar 2012 11:01 UTC in reply to "How many..."
henrikmk Member since:
2005-07-10

By their calculations, probably somewhere around 8 or 9 billion jobs:

http://blog.ted.com/2012/03/20/the-numbers-behind-the-copyright-mat...

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by kwan_e on Fri 23rd Mar 2012 15:09 UTC in reply to "RE: How many..."
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

By their calculations, probably somewhere around 8 or 9 billion jobs:

http://blog.ted.com/2012/03/20/the-numbers-behind-the-copyright-mat...


Have we discovered a new form of mathematics more powerful than Douglas Adams' own "Bistromathics"?!!?!!

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by Lennie on Fri 23rd Mar 2012 20:47 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: How many..."
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

If you want facts and numbers and common sense, I still prefer this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL2FOrx41N0

An other small fact I picked up somewhere, ironically the harddisk industry also makes more money than the music and film industry combined.

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