by Mike Masnick
Tue, Feb 8th 2011 1:05am
While Homeland Security insists that Google is different than the sites whose domain names its seized lately, its agents haven't done a very good job of explaining why (beyond "in our minds, it's different.") However, at least according to the automated script the MPAA uses to warn ISPs of file sharing, perhaps Google isn't all that different. The MPAA -- who, it should be noted -- was a major driver for the domain name seizures -- sends out form letters warning people they could lose their internet access over file sharing, and over at TorrentFreak, they've noticed that Google's been on the receiving end of a bunch of these threats lately. Mostly at issue are situations where people are using Google's free WiFi that's provided mainly in Mountain View, but in some cases it appears to involve employees working from Google's headquarters. Of course, the chances of Google losing internet access over such threats is less than nil, but it's amusing to see the MPAA still include the baseless threat.
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