MPAA threatens to disconnect Google from the Internet

By on February 8, 2011, 4:54 PM
Over the last few months, Google has received more than 100 copyright infringement warnings from MPAA-affiliated movies studios: most are directed at users of Google's public Wi-Fi service but others are meant for Google employees. The MPAA is thus warning the search giant that it might get disconnected from the Internet.

"Copyright infringement also violates your ISP's terms of service and could lead to limitation or suspension of your Internet service. You should take immediate action to prevent your Internet account from being used for illegal activities," the movie companies write in various letters, according to TorrentFreak. Although the copyright holders use strong language, these notices are nothing simply warnings, and typically do not lead to legal action.

Every year, the major movie studios and record labels send out tens of thousands of warnings to Internet users suspected of sharing their content using P2P software, in order to persuade them to never download anything again. The copyright holders hire third parties to track down people who share certain their content. These companies then in turn request the files from others, log IP addresses of those who share files with them, look up the corresponding IP addresses, and automatically send out infringement notices.

ISPs are then asked to forward these notices to the customers in question, but in this case, Google has also been contacted. A few of the ones sent to Google are on behalf of Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures for sharing The Fighter and The Green Hornet, respectively.





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treetops treetops said:

That reminds me I need to go pirate the green hornet looks like a ok movie.

Guest said:

Maybe this will finally put an end to all this mpaa bullsh*t. Google's got the money and pull to really pounce these ****** and maybe we'll get lucky and see some realistic fair use laws come from this.

Guest said:

Shutting down google is like shutting down half the internet.

Good luck with that.

aj_the_kidd said:

Trying to decide which story is the biggest example of stupidity and futility the MPAA, Sony or LG. Its a tough one

Guest said:

brb jumping onto my neighbor's open wifi to download some pornography.

also good luck, google as large as it is no doubt has more than one isp feeding its tubes.

negroplasty negroplasty said:

Yeah go ahead and shut off their ISP, I'm sure they only have one... connected to only one server HAHAHAHA

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Couldn't Google just buy the MPAA.....?

treetops treetops said:

google should buy that isp fire everyone then staff it with celebrity look alikes

treetops treetops said:

Why so serious MPAA?

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

aj_the_kidd said:

Trying to decide which story is the biggest example of stupidity and futility the MPAA, Sony or LG. Its a tough one

I think... This one takes the cake. The LG story is nothing new, nothing to see there. the Sony story also happens now and then, but this story... lol.

Mizzou Mizzou said:

Just Sony trying to use it's favorite non-profit trade organization to "scare" Google into handing over that confidential data on all those individuals that haven't broken a single law. It appears that the movie studios have now determined that they have dominion over the internet.

Google has received more than 100 copyright infringement warnings from MPAA-affiliated movies studios

I honestly don't know how big the Google user base is but this strikes me as a very small number ... pretty weak.

JudaZ said:

ha ha ha .. yeah like Google cares.

Maybe something good will come from this.

Maybe Google will just move their headoffice to a country that is more friendly and open to free speach and thoughts ... maybe North Korea

Then the american tax system can thank MPAA for yet a nother big companys profits lost from their hands.

Mizzou Mizzou said:

... More than forty years later, the system continues to evolve with our society and endures as a shining symbol of American freedom of expression.

This quote is taken directly from the About Us page on the MPAA website, good to know that they're giving their all to promote American freedom of expression. Just how in the wide world of sports do they get by with a non-profit charter? There is nothing about this organization that is not about profit.

princeton princeton said:

When google gives a **** let me know.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

This is better than when Al Gore created the internet! Pure GOLD!

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Mizzou said:

Google has received more than 100 copyright infringement warnings from MPAA-affiliated movies studios

I honestly don't know how big the Google user base is but this strikes me as a very small number ... pretty weak.

Same thing crossed my mind, that number is tiny and feels like a waste of time. Google is the bigger Goliath here to begin with so I don't get what the MPAA thinks they can do besides make themselves look even more foolish and out of touch.

yRaz yRaz said:

MPAA, bring it on!!!!! I look forward to getting front row sets to this fight! I read this and started howling! Good way to end a long night.

Lurker101 said:

Aren't the MPAA sick of losing ridiculous court cases yet?

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Tomorrow Google will "accidentally" redirect all searches for MPAA to NAMBLA.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Tomorrow Google will "accidentally" redirect all searches for MPAA to NAMBLA.
I thought that "NAMBLA" was the "MPAA's" sister site anyway.

littlebill said:

Google

GOOGLE

Market Value of Listed Security $ 153,609,920,660

GOOG: Stock Quote & Summary Data

$ 618.38 4.085 ^ 0.66%

I really don't think Google gives a rats A**. LOL

MPAA it'll never happen

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

littlebill said:

GOOGLE

Market Value of Listed Security $ 153,609,920,660

Incidentally, the MPAA will be seeking damages of $218,824,322,040.37

IAMTHESTIG said:

lol... who is running MPAA? Bunch of ******...

They should be embracing technology, making it cheaper and easier for users to buy movies. Instead of trying to pork everyone and control everything. I'm confident they could make MORE money if they adopted a business strategy that catered to the modern youth and their craving for instant video.

MPAA is going about this battle all wrong, and eventually it will be their un-doing.

Guest said:

Okey, but without google the internet keeps working, right?

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Oh my God, I guess you have to be a full blown sociopath, with paranoid delusions of grandeur, to even apply for a job with the MPAA.

This is scary folks, think about it. They're libel to field a "MoomPah" party candidate for president in 2012!

Cota Cota said:

Bad MPAA!! bad MPAA!!, we are not yet in April Fools.

hitech0101 said:

What a threat Google is probably wetting its pants! Good going MPAA.

Guest said:

umm... sorry to barge in but...

who the hell is MPAA??

Mizzou Mizzou said:

umm... sorry to barge in but...

who the hell is MPAA??

Motion Picture Association of America

Mizzou Mizzou said:

I thought that "NAMBLA" was the "MPAA's" sister site anyway.

Wish I hadn't googled that, was better off not knowing.

Guest said:

Just when I thought that MPAA is already at rock bottom, then this news came up. How silly can they be...

Johny47 said:

I hope this isn't serious, I think there would be a riot if they threatened to end google... and I'd be amongst the rioters hahaha(I'm only joking but it's serious =/).

And besides google's not the only big search engine and people have plenty of other ways to share stuff over the internet, what are film and music studios going to do, ban the internet? AAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHA yeah I would LOVE to see them just try that, and fail badly =P

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

They've got the forums stirred up and got themselves a headline...That's a win for MPAA.

Guest said:

OMFG WHY HAS NO ONE COVERED THIS????

The North American Man/boy Love Association is Partners with The Motion Picture Association of America

This is...SO FREAKING FUNNY

Pedophiles are the ones Threatning you. WOW

BTW (Hypothetically Speaking)

MPAA gets a warrant to shut down internet, - I WILL RIOT.

i'll turn this place into greece in a heart beat.

Guest said:

i think stars and the movie company's make to much money as it is.

Guest said:

first off the MPAA is about as powerful as the 11 year old bully down the street...literally like the trash talking fat kid on facebook that has insecurity issues because nobody likes them. Actors and producers make millions a year, I thought acting was a passion, of course today, acting is overrated with the likes of the Jersey Shore, Jerseylicious, Real Housewives of NJ, lets just combine it and say reality TV, Kate plus 8, and stupid movies like most of the adam sandler flicks and remakes of older classic movies.... I wanna see the MPAA shut down google, and then cry because no one will support their actions afterwards when everyone starts to download mass amounts of torrents.

Guest said:

This article is horribly written. Please, hire a proofreader or run through a grammar checker first.

Guest said:

Sems too bea a pertty gud red two me.

*shrugs*

Guest said:

" OMFG WHY HAS NO ONE COVERED THIS????

The North American Man/boy Love Association is Partners with The Motion Picture Association of America"

If you watch the Daily Show, you'll probably have noticed if there is some conspiracy or unexplained event in the news/media they will blame NAMBLA. So this does not surprise me.

Guest said:

Please, check your grammar before you post an article.

Guest said:

at google: "guys you have to see this... we just got another letter from <company x> they are going to shut down our internet"

first time : lots of laughter "put that up on the wall of stupid"

20th time :"eh throw it in the stack... and figure out if anyone is actually downloading stuff from the office"

50th time "trashcan it"

Guest said:

Next weeks news... Google buys MPAA!

Guest said:

Looks like somebody at the MPAA is starting to overestimate who they are ("they" being themselves or the MPAA in itself). Somebody's starting to lose it...

Now, we only need to see if somebody will eventually shake them back to their senses... (c'mon Google, you know you want to :D )

Guest said:

Google should just remove the MPAA and associated entities from their search engine. It would be like an internet death sentence.

Guest said:

Competing for stupidity today, MPAA, Sony... and don't forget Nintendo, whose president has declared $2 games a danger to the industry. It's "Let's change the laws to support our business model!" Day.

Guest said:

The number of Brand Enforcement companies working these the MPAA/RIAA is growing every day. I wrote up a blog on this some time ago... http://www.infostruction.com/2010/12/02/the-p2p-war-someone-
s-monitoring-your-activities/

ramonsterns said:

Guest said:

Competing for stupidity today, MPAA, Sony... and don't forget Nintendo, whose president has declared $2 games a danger to the industry. It's "Let's change the laws to support our business model!" Day.

Source me, doctor!

Guest said:

Time to get mideval on MPAA

Guest said:

I thought these tools were meant to be used to shut down child porn websites, has anyone reported any shut down yet? I'm thinking that the MPAA used this topic to leverage the bill into law and then no one has ever bothered to look into what it was intended to stop.

Guest said:

"who share certain their content"? Really? I know you were excited to post on the internet, but maybe reign in your hateboner for the MPAA long enough to proof your work?

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