In China, a group in which represents authors and publishers which are home grown in China, have accused Google of violating copyrights, by storing data in it's digital library. Google venomously denies this claim, stating that they are in compliance with all international copyright laws.
Ironic, that in a nation known for shutting down opposition voices, and totally disrespecting all copyrights of other nations, particularly the West, would make such a claim against Google. China is in fact responsible for the bankruptcy of many North American businesses, by flooding the market with it's cheaply made goods, at an even cheaper price, almost all of which violate the copyrights of the original founder of the product, and have caused mass bankruptcy, particularly in America.
That is why many are finding the claims from The China Written Works Copyright Society (CWWCS) laughable at best, when they claim that "Google has scanned thousands of books, by over 500 Chinese authors, into it's digital library without the permission or compensation of the original authors or publishers", stated spokesman for the organization, Chen Qirong.
He went on to state, "Whether you are a small company or big company you still need to respect the copyright of the authors", which is ironic seeing as that China doesn't respect it's own citizens rights let alone the copyrights of other nations.
I am no fan of Google, as it relates to the fact that it does nothing more than any torrent site, regarding to indexing torrents, and has yet to be brought to the attention of ANY courtroom in the world, but I do however believe that China is overstepping it's bounds here, and quite frankly, should just silence itself before it's bombarded with questions about it's own respect for copyrights.
Google has decided to fire back, and fire back loud and clear, with spokeswoman Courtney Hohne stating that "We believe the book search complies with international copyright law, and these Chinese authors obviously need to contact their publishers which have all reached prior deals with Google before any of their works were permitted to be involved into Google's index", a claim that has been backed by many organizations.
Google has had an up and down battle to create the world's first ever "complete" digital library, which its supporters claim brings broad access to a limited supply of books in regions where libraries of documents and knowledge bases are inaccessible, (so do torrent sites
, although it's critics have stated that there will be antitrust issues, along with the violation of copyright laws, and on the grounds that privacy yet again will be violated. Maybe someone should inform the Chinese that they are no groundbreakers when it comes down to any of these issues, especially privacy? Just a suggestion the "red" nation, which shuts down non violent protests and uses military force to "oppress" or silence it's critics and surrounding nations.
With recent headlines in China covering this particular topic, many are wondering if this will bring an end to the long standing agreements and deals that Google have made with China, some of which are extremely controversial to say the least, such as blocking access to certain web sites that the Chinese government claimed "risks to the health" of it's people. Google is still behind the Chinese government when it demands compliance of "oppression" rules and guidelines, but it may soon come to a halt, as it's popularity in China continues to decrease on a daily basis.
This comes as just one more blow to the behemoth known as Google, right after a June statement by Chinese officials accused Google of spreading "obscene" content over the internet. Earlier this summer Google had issues allowing the web search, Gmail, and other Google online services to be accessible to more than half the users in China.
Fortunately, for Google, this matter will not be decided by the Chinese government, but by their own corporate executives, which ultimately decide what content will or will not be allowed on Google's various ventures in the online world. This is a plus, and we're sure that Google will reach an agreement with the Government of China on this matter, which will ultimately use it's typical measure of powering, censoring the media in China, and eventually quiet the opposition, which is what always happens in the end.
Until more has been announced on this matter, there isn't much that can be discussed, except me personally wanting to state that I have lost a great deal of respect for Google for dealing with the Chinese government, which is a leading force in censoring human beings, from within and outside it's borders. As more develops (or is censored
on this matter, I will do my part as always, to keep you the ET community, informed.
October 23rd, 2009Posted by: Date:
Friday, October 23rd, 2009
|posted by (2009-10-24 00:41:20)|
|Thanks Obs, Another fine read.|
Since Google is now an open company, they have to listen to their shareholders. I cannot see them wanting to lose the add revenue from (in) China which is one of there largest monetary markets.
Taken from file:
In a meeting with reporters before the shareholder meeting, Google chief executive Eric Schmidt defended the company's practices.
"Without in any way defending their laws and policies, the censored or omitted data comprises less than 1 per cent of the answers... the index is better, more relevant," he said. "We believe that as a result, the Chinese citizen has more information and more choices than they would had we not been in the country."
First of all, I am honored that you actually enjoy my readings enough to go out of your way to find a press release of CEO Eric Schmidt's quotes, that's awesome.
Second, it's sad that Google chooses to "mute" or "silence" the citizens of the "Red Dragon" known as China, rather than fight to counter act all measures of silence in which the Chinese government has enacted against it's people. Luckily for the Chinese, China is responsible for some of the world's most intelligent and far reaching [email protected] (hackers), which help to "tear down the wall" in censorship each day by fighting the powers that be. Various proxies easily enable the Chinese though to view a "censored" or "unnapproved" site, yet it's still sad to see a Western corporation such as Google support the gov't of China, just my opinion. :)
|posted by (2009-10-24 01:33:37)|
|That is the point I was trying to make (about the Chinese government). I think before Google went public they might have stood up to the Chinese government, but now they have others to listen to, the shareholders, which is sad from two guys that took an idea and changed the world. It is also good to hear from you that people do get unallowed access to the uncensored sites, because once the information is out there it is impossible to put it back.|
Thanks for you articles and your uploads Obs.
|posted by (2009-10-27 09:52:22)|
|well this jsur prove what we have been saying all the time google is the biggist torrent link system/ there is on the internet|
|posted by (2009-10-27 14:46:47)|
|starting to like these articles by OBS as much as movies ....thanks bro. KNOWLEDGE IS KING|