If You Do A Search Almost No One Does, Google Might Point You To Unauthorized Version Of House Of Cards
from the reporting? dept
We’ve noted in the past that various copyright maximalists who are hellbent on blaming Google for their own failures to adapt and innovate, like to point to various searches on Google that point to what are likely to be unauthorized sources. They’ll use examples like adding “download” or “free” to a search and then point out that the link appears to go to an unauthorized source. But that’s silly, because (1) the people doing such searches probably aren’t going to pay for the authorized version anyway and (2) very few people do those searches.
Chris Crum over at WebProNews has a story that’s been getting some attention claiming that Google points to an unauthorized site ahead of Netflix if you do a search for “watch house of cards” on Google. Here’s the screenshot he’s showing:
You could argue that perhaps Netflix should do a bit more optimizing on searches for shows with “watch” before them, but given the fact that it appears almost no one does that search, why should they bother?