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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Entertainment Industry Blasted Google’s Opposition to Web Filters

Entertainment Industry Blasted Google’s Opposition to Web Filters

Entertainment Industry Blasted Google’s Opposition to Web Filters

Added: Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
MPAA and RIAA called the Google’s move “baffling”, and accused it of advocating “corporate imperialism”. The industry also claimed that proposed American Internet filter couldn’t be compared to China’s “Great Firewall” at least because China’s filter was neither “bi-partisan” nor “narrowly tailored.”

Once Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt announced that the company was going to oppose any attempts to introduce an American Internet censoring system, the entertainment industry criticized the search giant.

Google argued that implementation of web filters would set a precedent for freedom of speech on the Internet. Therefore, even if the filtering regime was passed into law, the search engine giant would still fight it. In response, the MPAA expressed astonishment at the claim and wondered if the company’s CEO believed that Google is “above the law”.

In the meantime, plans for Internet filtering in the country are still in the early stages. Earlier in May, lawmakers submitted the “PROTECT IP Act”, which suggested to provide the Department of Justice with the authority to force American-based 3rd parties to block access to infringing websites. Google commented on the proposal that this Internet filtering would set a precedent for freedom of speech on the Internet, similar to the “Great Firewall” of China. In addition, the legislation would also put the American government in the hypocritical position of demanding that other countries not filtered the web while the US itself does. For example, the US State Department criticized the Australian authorities for similar plans in their country just two months ago.

A statement made by the country’s Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was probably even more damaging, as it encouraged the private sector to proactively challenge demands of the foreign countries to censor the web. She claimed that the private sector features a shared responsibility to help safeguard freedom of speech. Thus, when the business dealings of the private sector threaten to undermine the freedom of expression, those have to decide what is right, but not just what is profitable. The main question is whether this applies to Google as well, because its opinion was called “baffling”, while the search engine was accused of “not caring about creating a “civilized online ecosystem”.

May 24th,2011

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Date:  Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Comments (9) (please add your comment »)

posted by ET loverSuperman (2011-05-24 15:41:57)
tonymengela avatarDo they not know that the law works as a two edged sword? any time you censor or filter you always filter yourself! Anytime you allow a law to pass you lose freedom that effects everyone! The more strain you put on the people the more you strain the economy and wages which in turn turn MORE people to Piracy as they call it. The correct term would be sharing as piracy can only occur in commerce, you would have to sell the file not share to commit piracy.

posted by Turtle (2011-05-24 22:18:50)
bigcow2k avatarhmm..maybe we should get china's best hackers to hack MPAA and RIAA just for kicks...lol

posted by Blocked (2011-05-24 23:27:45)
menahunie avatarHmmm you mean filters really work? NOT I just got a Bot warning for swearing; BUT ET has FILTERS to prevent that? Don't they?
OMFG you mean filters don't really work? LMFAO.....

posted by (2011-05-25 04:47:16)
steelreaper avatarWow my respect for Google just went up a tiny bit. Yeah Google fight the power! Like I said a tinny bit as I am one of those people that have had Google's Blogger take down my music blog because I was sharing my music with my friends all over the world wink wink. F*%k censorship this is not China or Soviet Russia this is America you corporate scumbags. I wonder if they realize all their complaining and bull just makes me want to download more. Especially music if most of the profits went to the artists maybe I would have second thoughts. When I hear that most band never see a dime from album sells it gives me no qualms about downloading. If you don't believe me watch the Documentary about the Metal band Anvil. The Protct IP act is the Internet version of the Patriot act but even worse. There is no reason for it but to take away more of our freedom. What America?

posted by (2011-05-25 12:55:30)
whiskerz87 avatarthey can try but i doubt they have the power too censor the web...and i am glad google is standing up, once we lose a right we never get it back again

posted by (2011-05-26 05:13:13)
HammerHammerhead avatarIf they do censor thay sure as well better work on all the butt riping and death videos that are screwing up are young children...With you it is all about money...You don`t make sense, NOT AT ALL.....

posted by Blocked (2011-05-26 05:42:10)
armydude1234567890 avatargo goggle, mpaa thinks that they are above the law and can tell the world what to do with the internet. f them and all of there politicians that dont know a dam thing about the internet all beside the money that the mpaa is most likely paying them to side with them. its all about the money they want. they could give a rats a@@ less about the individuals. say the type of world we live in today. i wished washington would get nuked. lmao

posted by (2011-05-26 07:07:36)
Gaspode avatarMPAA and RIAA accused it of advocating corporate imperialism.....Do as we say, not as we do. Business IS corporate imperialism. The whole point is to conquer, control, and defeat any opposition in the quest for domination of your chosen sector. Yet another bunch of shiny arsed pen pushing executives making demands it would ignore from competitors. It would be completely different argument if the called for civilized online ecosystem, (Hilary...stick to wiping semen of hubbys clothes please), threatened their profits. And calling it the entertainment industry is woefully inaccurate as it's a recycling business now.

posted by (2011-05-26 09:43:43)
No avatarHi all complete newbie in writing in forums to don't b hard on me!I have no idea bout your countries laws etc(i'm from UK) but all these "ACTS" makes me think of one thing all the time and that is, under the "COMMON LAW",an "ACT" is not a "LAW" and therefor it means nothing and cannot be hold against you,but if you say YES you "UNDERSTAND"(or as they would mean "stand under our authority",then they have you by you having a verbal agreement with them.Surf net for "common laws",it might open some peoples eyes,good place to start is y-tube,remember people voted them in,you can vote them out.

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