Google’s algorithm is so aggressive that many sites are being indexed for copyright violations, a Google spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
“If a web page is listed as a ‘copyright infringing web page’, we will flag it as such,” the spokeswoman, Maureen Ryan, said in a blog post.
“Our algorithm automatically uses a number of factors to evaluate whether or not a web site should be indexed for a copyright infringement violation.
These include a number (such as number of hits to the web page) and length of time the page has been active.”
While Google is committed to making sure that the sites we index are free of any illegal content, we will take appropriate action to remove a web link if we conclude that it violates a copyright owner’s copyright.
“A number of major sites have been caught up in the problem, including Wikipedia, Google, Reddit, Tumblr and Twitter.
The problem first emerged in May last year, when the US House of Representatives committee on copyright and technology ordered Google to remove links to several major sites, including the Huffington Post, The Daily Dot and Wikipedia.
It is a “significant milestone” for the committee, which has been investigating Google’s practices for years, said Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.).”
Google should be held to a higher standard than other tech companies that are trying to monetise their services and make money from the search engine.””
I hope it will spark a discussion around copyright and the internet.
Google should be held to a higher standard than other tech companies that are trying to monetise their services and make money from the search engine.”
In an email to Reuters on Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the Federal Trade Commission said the agency was investigating.
“We take the issue of content-based copyright violations very seriously and are monitoring this situation,” said spokeswoman Jessica Rich.
“The FTC will be monitoring this issue to determine if any remedies exist.”
Last week, the UK’s Intellectual Property Office issued a warning about a site that appeared to be infringing on the copyright of The Economist.
The site, called The Economist Web Site, said the paper’s publisher, The Economist Group, had used a link on the site to sell copies of its annual newsletter.
The site has since been taken down.
In a statement to Reuters, a spokesman for The Economist said the link was “not a Google result”.
“The link was removed by Google after the publication of a correction on our site,” the spokesman said.
“Google has been transparent about how it works and will continue to do so.”
A spokesperson for Facebook said the company takes all claims of copyright infringement very seriously.
“If a user is flagged for copyright infringements, we work to ensure that the information we collect on the user’s account is accurate, up-to-date and up-in-date, and that they are not the result of automated activity,” the spokesperson said.