Hollywood Censors TPB DocumentaryAdded: Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
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Within the past few months, a number of Hollywood movie studios have asked Google to take down links to the absolutely free The Pirate Bay documentary “Away From Keyboard”. The director of the documentary, Simon Klose, has contacted Google to get the links back online, but unsuccessfully – the movie studios keep submitting new DMCA requests to take down the documentary.
The story follows The Pirate Bay founders during their trial in the native country. Of course, the movie can be legally downloaded for free everywhere in order to reach the broadest audience possible. The problem is that a number of movie studios decided to obstruct this goal by sending DMCA notices to the search giant and asking it to take down the links to the film. The director was shocked to find out about the unwarranted filtering and was even going to sue the film studios. However, the lawyers explained that such efforts would be futile unless he could prove subjective intent and bad faith. Instead, Klose contacted Google with a hope to get the censored links put back up. However, a few months and several reminders later, there is still no reply.
It seems that Google is more interested in helping the entertainment industry to censor the Internet than assisting independent content creators to correct DMCA takedown abuses. Although there is a chance that the automated takedown request affecting The Pirate Bay’s documentary was not intentional, this certainly was not an isolated incident. Indeed, after the director’s initial report in May rights owners have sent in a number of new takedown requests for “Away From Keyboard”.
Simon Klose is not happy with the unwarranted censorship that actually hurts his business model. This is why he urges the search engine to also protect content creators who gladly give away their work for free. He claims it is bizarre to be punished for experimenting with distribution models by the content industry which is doing so little for the moviemakers it claims to protect.
Of course, it is impossible to expect the search engine to catch all errors made by rights owners (which it still does for Microsoft who recently wanted to censor itself though), the TPB’s problem brought up two important issues: first of all, it is difficult to check whether a link has been removed from Google search. Secondly, it is unclear how 3rd parties are able to send counter-notices in order to reinstate material on sites that they don’t own.
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Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
|posted by (2013-08-20 14:39:51)|
|Thats y i loved torrent more then Google|
|They can't win. SCROOGLE is becoming Skynet and is on the wrong side.|
|google who needs it,dont be lazy try somthing else|
|Google, like any other business needs customers and a huge continual cash flow. Piss off enough customers and loose your customer base is a formula for failure. My vote is for failure on their part. I for one have reached the end of my relationship with GOOGLE. Their censoring actions and their association with nefarious organizations, both governmental (ie NSA) and private commercial (ie entertainment industry) leave me no choice other than to END any & all relationship. Microsoft is next. AT&T and several others on my Privacy & Constitutional eroding "SH!TL!ST" will soon be part of my history as well.|
Why should we continue to support those who plot against us, our personal convictions, our freedoms and our Sacred Democratic Society??
|posted by (2013-08-20 18:18:01)|
this one is the full version
|sounds good ill have to download it lol , thanks|
|@2 SCROOGLE removes the tracking crap from Google searches. I prefer DuckDuckGo or IxQuick though.|
|posted by (2013-08-20 23:55:20)|
|I've just Googled 'Away From Keyboard' and the top 4 answers were all for TPB documentary.|
|posted by (2013-08-21 00:49:02)|
|Easy to get around googles censor.|
|CaptCosmo, your sentiments r spot on mate, the trouble is probably 95% of the people who use the internet don`t know google and their ilk censure their searches (and probably don`t care). The only time they will care is, if somehow it hits them in the pocket... Sad but true. (in my opinion of course)|
|Don't taunt the GOOGLE. You wont like it when its angry.|
|posted by (2013-08-21 05:12:46)|
|I thought DMCA takedown requests had to come from the rights-holder or their representative. If any studio or one of their stooges is filing these with Google claiming to be the rights-holder they are committing fraud. If the film, itself, or any of the removed links request donations to the filmmaker, the originator(s) of the takedown requests should be liable for monetary damages.|
What monetary damages, the film is free...
|posted by (2013-08-21 08:05:01)|
the movie was not free to make even if its free should still stand the same it cost some one money and time just to get removed
|@ 8: I too just googled 'Away from keyboard' and the whole page were listings for the film...how old is this 'ahem' news?|
|posted by (2013-08-21 12:20:15)|
|just downloaded it from,funnily enough,the pirate bay.how is it censored exactly?|
|Hey retards, there's more than one link to the film. Google hasn't censored ALL of them, but take down requests are still filed, allegedly by mistake, just as MS asked for links to their own sites to be removed.|
|Its also on utube :- www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTOKXCEwo_8||
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