Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Nov 2011 23:05 UTC
Google "Google is considering ditching the U.S. Chamber of Commerce out of frustration with its support for legislation that would force Internet companies to police websites that peddle pirated movies and fake Viagra. The rumblings of a defection - a potentially serious blow to one of Washington's most powerful lobbies - come weeks after Yahoo left the Chamber in October, largely over its support of Sen. Patrick Leahy's online piracy bill, the PROTECT IP Act." What, the US Chamber of Commerce is a front for the pharmaceutical and content industries? I'm shocked.
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So What
by tomcat on Fri 4th Nov 2011 23:19 UTC
tomcat
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2006-01-06

What, the US Chamber of Commerce is a front for the pharmaceutical and content industries? I'm shocked.


You say that like it's a bad thing. These industries have a right to be represented, and to defend their revenue. Google is trying to make money on their backs, so it's not hard to understand why there's a conflict.

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RE: So What
by JAlexoid on Fri 4th Nov 2011 23:44 in reply to "So What"
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2009-05-19

Google is trying to make money on their backs, so it's not hard to understand why there's a conflict.

Google may be getting a lot of revenue off their backs, however it's not about Google protecting their revenue streams(as those wouldn't be affected in any way by PROTECT IP).

What they are against(and I agree with their position on this one) is that they shouldn't be forced to police themselves and protect other companies revenue streams.

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RE[2]: So What
by tomcat on Sun 6th Nov 2011 00:50 in reply to "RE: So What"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

What they are against(and I agree with their position on this one) is that they shouldn't be forced to police themselves and protect other companies revenue streams


Seems rather arbitrary. Is Google required to police itself against indexing child porn? Or hate speech in many countries? Uh, yeah, it is. And you don't see Google complaining about that -- but when it comes to upholding international copyright law, Google whines and bitches about being a responsible global citizen because, quite frankly, it has no respect for other peoples' copyrights. Rather than being completely arbitrary about what laws it follows and what it ignores, it should merely be consistent and follow all of them.

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