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 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 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 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 Laurence on Fri 23rd Mar 2012 13:00 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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