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[ NNSquad ] Copyright Industry Calls For Broad Search Engine Censorship

Copyright Industry Calls For Broad Search Engine Censorship

http://j.mp/xif2ub  (TorrentFreak)

   "The document, which describes a government-overlooked "Voluntary Code
    of Practice" for search engines, was not intended for public
    consumption but the Open Rights Group obtained it through a Freedom of
    Information (FOI) request.  In short, the rightsholders want the
    search engines to make substantial changes so that pirated content
    becomes harder to find, or is de-listed entirely. In addition, they
    want to boost the rankings of licensed content. Below are the three
    new measures they propose.  Assign lower rankings to sites that
    repeatedly make available unlicensed content in breach of copyright
    Prioritize websites that obtain certification as a licensed site under
    a recognised scheme Stop indexing websites that are subject to court
    orders while establishing suitable procedures to de-index
    substantially infringing sites
    Not surprisingly, there is no mention of the collateral damage that
    such a broad filter would bring with it - many artists and other
    legitimate individuals are known to use these websites to share their
    works.  The document further details how many of the top search
    results for music, movies and books currently link to pirated copies.
    In order to stop this, the rightsholders propose that Google and other
    search engines systematically assign a lower ranking to possibly
    infringing pages."

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Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org 
 - Network Neutrality Squad: http://www.nnsquad.org 
 - Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance: http://www.gctip.org
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