Google creates a giant database of links to pirated material

The content industry is extensively using automated tools to send Google DMCA takedown notices about piracy-stemmed links publicly accessible on the web, but the abuse of the aforementioned DMCA regulations coupled with a transparency effort from Google are effectively bringing a massive archive of illegal content freely available on the web. Through the Google search engine.

The somewhat grotesque situation is highlighted by TorrentFreak, and involves the Chilling Effects project and the related website created to protect lawful online activities from legal threats. The site hosts an archive of takedown notices, and Google is one of the most prominent providers of DMCA complaints for the archive.

Google publishes the takedown requests the company receives from RIAA, MPAA, Microsoft and other organizations, and the number of these requests is growing rapidly: the latest batch of complaints contained 719,415 URLs to be removed from the search engine index, an amount (amassed over a single week) which doubled the number of requests received two months ago.

By publishing these complaints on the Chilling Effects site, though, Google lists the URLs the industry would like to remove from the search engine – and then the company indexes the Chilling Effects page with the same URLs on its search engine.

The final result of this behaviour is that the content industry is starting to ask Google to censor the Chilling Effects pages containing the URLs to remove from the search engine. It's a takedown-takedown request, essentially, that could spur further takedown requests in a domino effect going on indefinitely.

Takedown-takedown requests aside, though, another potential issue with the DMCA abuse by the content industry could be the exploitability of the Chilling Effects database: someone could mine the huge amount of data available on the site and build a trove of pirated stuff for everyone to browse and download from – on the file sharing networks or elsewhere.

Source: TorrentFreak

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CentralDogma said,
Yeah, I noticed this a while ago and it gave me a chucle.

ya me too
obviously most of the people commenting don't get it though..
they think its some database they can sort through or something, its not.
its called a web site chillingeffects.org and they are simply logging complaints
nothing more. So this has nothing to do with using google to search for torrents etc
and there is takedowns for ANY kind of web site its NOT exclusive to torrent sites.

The fact that they are getting take down request on the
page of a take down request is news to me and pretty entertaining for sure lol

And pointing out that take down requests are increasing fast and hard
is worth bringing to peoples attention, especially since google is complying etc

I know the only reason i switched to google like 10 years ago (est.)
was because they offered an unfiltered view of the world..
If you search for "Search Term" you should see LOTS of results for "Search Term"
and i found MSN/Bing to block and filter out a lot, especially related to pirated content.
So... if google starts acting like microsoft with their search results, I AM GONE !
i will be 100% finished with google's products and services period.
I'm already sickened with Googles bloated stupidity with their search engine,
it (The UI) use to be a University project (a simple html page a couple lines long)
Now i have to use heavy scripting and add-ons to hack away at google
to make it work and look like it did years ago (thank god for GreaseMonkey)
The thing that drives me nuts the most is they added that preview page garbage !

este said,

Care to explain?
Maybe because it's a link inside of a link.

It's confusing for the mafia... I mean MAFFIA. The site itself is doing nothing illegal. They are allowed to post the takedown requests and it's the transparency that other companies wanted, heck they went to court over it. The MAFFIA has worked themselves into a paradox where it's lose/lose for them no matter what they do.

That's my take on it. Still trying to figure out how it relates to Inception anymore than that link in a link and the paradox.

Piracy will always win. Simply put: Pirates will always find other ways to get their material out there with a new technology. I'm sure once TOR finds a way to make their encryption faster, torrents will move to that platform then there will be no way anyone can track users, or even the servers hosting them.

Anarkii said,
Piracy will always win. Simply put: Pirates will always find other ways to get their material out there with a new technology. I'm sure once TOR finds a way to make their encryption faster, torrents will move to that platform then there will be no way anyone can track users, or even the servers hosting them.
Doubtful. Ever heard of end-to-end correlation? ie. you send a request, 'x' site receives a request at an approximate time in relation to your request being sent. 'y' data is accessed and downloaded, 'y' data packets are sniffed on your end matching (roughly) the packets sent from 'x' site. Screw the in between technicality.

See, Tor doesn't prevent packet interception when they are leaving the nodes on the network. Once the information leaves the last computer on the network and is sent back to you - it's not encrypted or anything. Let's not forget that unless you setup everything on your computer to send information through Tor - you're not anonymous. The unsecured applications can be seen and used to figure out your real IP address and see your other connections (including Tor). These insecurities usually come from torrent clients.

There are so many ways they can tell that you're downloading torrents it's insane. Plus your ISP knows. Tor is great for normal usage but to prevent being seen, to be truly anonymous, you need to multiproxy, use a VPN, and a few other things most people have not clue how to do. Tor alone WILL NOT protect you from someone that really wants to know.

simplezz said,
The MAFIAA can never win this war. It's a futile attempt on their part.

Can you imagine all the money that these bozos are wasting on this stupid war. What could they achieve you think if instead, they would put that money in product development ?

Captain555 said,

Can you imagine all the money that these bozos are wasting on this stupid war. What could they achieve you think if instead, they would put that money in product development ?


More good music?
Artists getting a better share for their work?
Some innovative distribution efforts?
Happier customers?
Lower prices but still stable income?

SOOO much potential lost to bullying everyone, good work, media industry! /s

GS:mac

Phouchg said,
Unfortunately for MAFFIA, Le Goog's got more guns than they do
Still find it funny that their abbreviation is mafia, just with an extra 'f'. The really messed up part is they act just like them too. By chance is the MAFFIA ran by Italians?

I already use google as my first stop if I am looking for torrents rather than going to a torrent site to discover they don't have what I am looking for.
Maybe they should just try to ban google in the same way as pirate bay /s

**EDIT** INB4 Torrents are only used for evil/terrorists/illegal activities

Teebor said,

Maybe they should just try to ban google in the same way as pirate bay /s

Or maybe Google should start a Pirates Party and start putting tons of money in lobbying to get the DMCA overturn, and ban RIAA and MPAA.

Title of this article should be - "Google makes available giant database of links to pirated material on chillingeffects.org"!

Mohitster said,
Title of this article should be - "Google makes available giant database of links to pirated material on chillingeffects.org"!

All the URLs are also posted on google.com - I'd have to dig up the URL though, and most URLs to pages that host links to torrents/magnets are even cached by Google as well.

And they knowingly do it, and this has been hitting headlines for over a month now on different sites, I thought Neowin was reporting news, not things that have literally been around for years.