|Google to demote sites with valid copyright removal notices|
|By Thom Holwerda on 2012-08-10 20:46:11|
|"Starting next week, we will begin taking into account a new signal in our rankings: the number of valid copyright removal notices we receive for any given site. Sites with high numbers of removal notices may appear lower in our results. This ranking change should help users find legitimate, quality sources of content more easily - whether it's a song previewed on NPR's music website, a TV show on Hulu or new music streamed from Spotify." Wait, did I hear someone say the Google Play store needs content too? Joking aside, understandable move.|
|And best of all - It's Completely Automatic|
|By votre on 2012-08-11 13:01:48|
Considering the number of bogus DMCA and slap moves taking place, and how slow the big websites such as YouTube and others have been to deal with them, this looks like an ideal way to start getting non-corporate and non 'placement paying' websites out of the top Google rankings. |
And what do they mean by "valid copyright removal notices?" Anybody can file one. A takedown notice is only an allegation. It doesn't prove anything. It's up to the courts to decide if a copyright violation has really occurred. So Google receiving a notice that was "validly" filed is no proof that what the notice is claiming is actually true.
Not that it will stop Google from acting as if it were. And too bad if the notice filed against you is completely bogus. Ever try to actually talk to somebody at Google? Or even worse, get something corrected?
Edited 2012-08-11 13:13 UTC
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|By kurkosdr on 2012-08-11 13:07:30|
Guys, Google is apparently on the "block first, ask questions later" train copyright holders so much desire. Aka when something is considered by one supposed rights holder copyright infringement, it gets immediately blocked without any kind of due proccess, and it's up to the uploader to prove himself innocent and rebuild lost mindshare. |
The question is: Did Google became like this because of the massive harrasment by Viacom and Co, or because of their adventures in Google Play and VEVO?
Anyway, someone make a tool that abuses Content ID to bring YouTube to a halt, so we 'll at least get some lulz out of this.
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|By WorknMan on 2012-08-12 03:09:13|
> Guys, Google is apparently on the "block first, ask questions later" train copyright holders so much desire. Aka when something is considered by one supposed rights holder copyright infringement, it gets immediately blocked without any kind of due proccess, and it's up to the uploader to prove himself innocent and rebuild lost mindshare. |
Well, this is pretty understandable. I mean, when you're getting thousands of takedown requests a day (as Google probably does) and most of them are probably legitimate anyway, you obviously wouldn't have the resources to investigate each and every one of them. And since they're legally obligated to respond to these requests, what other choice do they have?
I myself don't really mind the change, since I have often times in the past had to append '-torrent -crack' to my search queries when I was looking for info on a particular thing.
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|By madezaen on 2012-08-12 06:54:51|
I think I've actually seen an option to "hide content from this site" after going back from a particular result to the main result list in Google - can't reproduce it now, though. |
IIRC, Google forbids using "white-text-on-white" trick and you get unlisted from index if caught.
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|By zima on 2012-08-17 23:57:14|
You seriously think that such "voting down" wouldn't be ripe for even more abuse and ~SEO? |
And anyway, a similar function certainly was available in Google searches for quite some time (~"don't show to me this site in results any more"). Though I haven't seen it recently ...either it was already abused, or simply not used, and removed (it's also telling that you apparently didn't notice it)
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