Google Makes Internet Police: Check Which Downloads and Reenvia Fines Automatic for “Piracy”

by | July 8, 2017

Google Fiber It is not that dream of a broadband connection provided by the search engine giant. According to Torrent Freak has turned into a nightmare for those who the company believes “pirates”.

What started with post notice that you were downloading copyright-protected material has finished developing in fines ranging from $ 20 to $300 by the companies which own the rights to the material that Google had detected that he had downloaded using your service, and that this company forward to holders of its Google Fiber lines.

The demands come direct to subscribers of the lines

The famous mantra ‘ don’t be evil’ of Google seems to fall on deaf ears after hearing the news about his questionable form to act as a provider of high-speed Internet back thanks to the fiber optic offered at certain locations in United States.

Google continues to receive millions of requests per month the DMCA from trying to make that you go in their search engine results related web sites that host or targeting copyrighted content illegally. However the thing has been extended to its Google Fiber service, increasingly widespread and popular, and whose users are receiving fines surprise automatically. Without warning, without warning messages. Nothing.

As explained at TorrentFreak, this type of operation makes use of the veto of the DMCA process whereby the holder of the copyright you don’t have to go to trial and don’t even have to know who is the recipient of the request. The owner of the line, in fact, is often not the person who shared this content. Although many providers of Internet in United States not forward those demands, but Google, now converted into a provider of Internet service, if doing it.

The requests come from Rightscorp and CEG TEK – intermediary of audiovisual industry as BMG-giants, and in the email to those suspects Google warns that in the event of recurrence of this behavior they could proceed to the complete disconnection user.

Mitch Stoltz, a lawyer for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, noted that Internet providers are not required by U.S. law to forward those requests to their users and should protect their users. “The problem with notices that ask for money from the owners of the lines is that they are often misleading. Often they give the impression that the owner is legally responsible for all infringements that may occur during the Internet connection, which is simply not true”.

Google claims to be transparent

In TorrentFreak they got in touch with makers of Google to seek comments and a spokesman said the idea was the of be as transparent as possible with this kind of behaviour. “When Google Fiber receives a complaint of copyright on a Bill, pass the information we receive to the owner of the account so they know it and they can establish the best answer to your case”, explained the spokesman.

However Google, which seems to put above all that transparency, according to that comment contradicts itself to add that “Although we believe that” There are better solutions to fight piracy to attack people who downloaded content on an individual basis, we want to be transparent with our clients”.

The company does not clarify which of these options is better, but on previous occasions its makers have indicated that piracy is a problem of price and availability of content. An argument that in fact us sounds, and a lot: the original developers of Popcorn Time already indicated that “piracy is not a problem of people. It is a service problem”.

Users who receive this type of automatic fines You can opt to not pay them, which may imply that there is legal even though in many cases risks, listed in TorrentFreak, does not usually occur nothing. Yet such messages can be very intimidating for the holders of these lines, that may not be the last of those behaviors responsible, or who even may have used his lines completely legitimately. That Google has this kind of behavior, deemed transparent or not, does not speak well of its respect for the privacy of its users.