Someone Please Tell Congress That 'Free' Is Not Illegal & Not To Lie About Bogus Search Results

from the they-don't-seem-to-know-that dept

We already wrote about how much of Thursday's House Judiciary Committee hearings seemed to focus on the ridiculous and dangerous concept of "notice and staydown," but that was hardly the only ridiculousness on display at the hearing about the DMCA's notice and takedown policy / internet safe harbors. If you've never watched a bunch of technologically clueless self-important politicians think they know better than actual engineers how to create a search engine, well, go take a look. During the Q&A, Reps. Judy Chu and Tom Marino spent a bunch of time complaining that when they did searches for the names of movies, plus the word "free," that Google sent them to links for (you guessed it) free (though unauthorized) options to watch those movies.

Chu -- who has become the MPAA's favorite person to feed bogus questions to (though sometimes they forget that they've already given the same questions to someone else) -- pointed out that she wanted to test out Google by typing "watch," plus the name of popular movies, specifically 12 Years a Slave and Frozen, and that among the autocomplete options, "watch 12 years a slave free" and "watch frozen free" popped up. To her, this was proof positive that Google is aiding infringement. She later is clearly reading off of notes she doesn't understand, and makes claims about how Google's algorithm works concerning demoting sites that get lots of takedowns that are simply not accurate, as she presents her own theories on how Google's algorithm should work. Because I'm sure she's programmed lots of search engines.

A little while later, Rep. Marino picks up on this thread (including a laughable claim in which he notes he wants less federal government, but on this issue, he wants more federal government). He directly asks the Google representative on the panel, Katherine Oyama, why can't Google not return any results if someone searches on a movie name, plus "free." Oyama quickly points out that "we can't strike the word 'free' from search, because there's a lot of legitimate, great content that is free." Marino immediately follows up by arguing that if someone searches for "free," that's obviously a problem and "there's gotta be a process... where that can be flagged." And then, bizarrely, he mentions that his two teenage kids are writing software programs and shakes his head as if he can't believe what a world we live in which people write software. And yet he thinks he can better explain to Google how its algorithm should operate.

In a blog post about the hearing, Matt Schruers notes that it's rather worrisome that elected officials are legitimately suggesting that "free" is somehow bad and should be censored:
One thing I didn’t anticipate was today’s fixation on the word “free” in search results. It is odd that in the United States the word “free” should be so stigmatized, but several members of Congress took issue with search results that contain the word “free,” apparently with the aim that such results should be suppressed.

Of course, every use of the word “free” is not unlawful, even in relation to content. Indeed, there is a considerable amount of free content online (including this site). Some artists give free content away for various legitimate reasons, such as promotional samples. “Free” is a time-honored marketing term, used liberally. Many rights-holders now wisely advertise when they are offering free content, e.g., “get a free trial to the song here”, to better compete with pirated alternatives, or to drive other revenue streams, such as live performances, subscriptions, merchandise. If services started blocking content online using the term “free,” this could easily penalize lawful services providing promotional content in order to crowd out infringing options.
That's an important point. You can also point out that if people are doing a search on a movie name and "free," they're probably not that interested in paying. But, the much more important point -- which Oyama tried to point out to both Chu and Marino (and which they both ignored) is that almost no one actually does the searches that has the two of them so upset. I figured I'd check. Here's the Google Trends report for the terms "12 years a slave" "watch 12 years a slave" and "watch 12 years a slave free." The yellow line is the name of the movie. The blue is "watch 12 years a slave" and the red line that barely gets off the bottom is "watch 12 years a slave free." You'll note, almost all of the searches are for the name of the movie. Very, very, very few searches are done with the "watch" opening. And significantly fewer are done with "free" after. In other words, no one is doing the searches that has Chu and Marino so worked up.
And here's the same same thing for "Frozen" "Watch Frozen" and "Watch Frozen free" with the same basic results:
If this looks vaguely familiar, it's because just a few weeks ago, we called out a silly news report that did the same thing with the search term "watch house of cards." After we showed, via Google trends, that no one does that search, even the reporter on the original piece went back and edited his piece to note this fact. But, once a story is out there, it's hard to kill it off -- and I recently heard from a reporter who told me that MPAA-connected people were out pushing that original bogus "watch house of cards" story to try to drum up more press coverage on it. And, sure enough, later in the hearing that exact example came up -- by someone who clearly didn't understand the details.

Rep. Ted Poe goes on this bizarre and ridiculous rant about how he just hates thieves. And, of course, he equates infringement to thievery, despite the rather important differences you'd hope an elected official and lawmaker would know (though it's clear Poe does not). He tops this off by flat out lying at the hearing, suggesting that while sitting there he did a search on Google via his iPhone for "house of cards" and the top results were links to infringing sites. That's simply not true. At all. As plenty of others quickly checked the search and saw, the links are all perfectly legit.
And yet, he then demands of Google, how can it stop this thing that isn't actually happening from happening. Oyama immediately points out that if he actually did a search on House of Cards he'd see only legitimate links. Poe cuts her off:
Oyama: House of Cards is a great example. It feeds into the example of "what type of results are showing up." So if you Google "house of cards" take a look at what's there. It's going to be legitimate stuff. It's going to be the show's website... and things about the actors... in terms of feeding back into the search trends conversation...

Poe: Just a second, let me interrupt, because you've already lost me. Pull up House of Cards, I think I see the valid House of Cards but I think I see some thievery going on like the second and third and maybe the fourth one. How does that happen?
These are our elected officials. Oyama is telling him that the search doesn't have unauthorized links, and he immediately cuts her off saying she "lost him" and demanding she explain how something that isn't happening is happening. Not only that, but he incorrectly believes that there is only one "valid House of Cards" link. Oyama tries again to respond to this, and Poe still isn't having any of it, bizarrely then asking her how an unauthorized provider might get better rankings.
Poe: Okay, I'm a thief. I'm stealin' House of Cards. How do I get it to be number two when you pull up "house of cards"? That's my question!
Oyama points out "it's not number two" and Poe still doesn't get it.
Poe: Okay, three, four. Right up near the top.
Oyama again points out that he's just wrong. It's not near the top. And Poe gets sarcastic with a giant smirk:
Poe: Oh? Those are all legitimate sites?
Clearly, someone had taken the original silly argument that we had debunked, and given Poe some sort of summary that he didn't understand, leading him to make the bogus claim that (a) he had done the search, when he clearly hadn't, and (b) which then resulted in him going on and on about how search results that don't actually appear could possibly appear, and how Google could stop those results that don't appear from appearing.

And these are the people who are planning to rewrite our copyright laws?

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    Ninja (profile), Mar 14th, 2014 @ 9:34am

    The Three Stooges. Based on real facts. Decades after the series aired.

     

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    silverscarcat (profile), Mar 14th, 2014 @ 9:47am

    Wow...

    The first thing I see when I see the House of Cards for watching is Netflix.

    Netflix is a piracy enabler now?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 10:52am

    'And these are the people who are planning to rewrite our copyright laws?'

    No, The MPAA/RIAA money will the rewrite of the laws.

     

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    FreeCultureForFreePeople, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 10:54am

    Hey, why not censor "free"?

    It would outmagically filter out nonsensical "Free" Trade Agreements, too!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 10:57am

    If they get Google to censor all searches that contain words like free by removing the censored word wouldn't it be challenged under the first amendment, after all 'free speech' is a legitimate search.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 10:57am

    I can't believe we have incompetent liars, drafting laws meant to horde knowledge and culture.

     

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    Emo, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 10:58am

    Banning the word free

    makes perfect sense. After all, we're living in the land of the f-- wait, no that can't be right.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 11:01am

    "Free Willy"

     

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    observer, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 11:03am

    including a laughable claim in which he notes he wants less federal government, but on this issue, he wants more federal government

    Apparently, he thinks that hypocrisy stops being hypocrisy if you draw attention to it yourself.

     

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    Gabriel J. Michael, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 11:07am

    Probably thinks Wikipedia is "thievery"

    What's this "free encyclopedia" thing? How does that get to be number two?

     

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    Violynne (profile), Mar 14th, 2014 @ 11:09am

    So, did anyone at Congress do a search for "12 years a slave pay to view" or "12 years a slave paid streaming"?

    Because if they had, they'd probably (though doubt it) get a clue why "free" is being "searched".

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 11:12am

    What they want

    I think google should give them what they want...for a week. All results point back to MPAA and RIAA. That's it.
    Let's see how that works out.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 11:14am

    OMG. It sounds like Poe did the search but just didn't understand what he was looking at. He assumed that there could only be one legitimate link for it and therefore every other link had to be piracy. WOW! No wonder he has an iPhone. Anything else might be a little to complicated for him to comprehend.

     

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    Blaine (profile), Mar 14th, 2014 @ 11:14am

    Here's an idea

    All those pirate sites ought to do some Search Engine Optimization and get ranked as "Movie Name MPAA" then we can ban MPAA from the internet.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 11:15am

    Personalized Search

    Now, Google has setup personalized search across the board - maybe it's showing him illegitimate sources for the movie as high ranking results because he's spent a lot of time on those sites/searching specifically for them?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 11:20am

    Re: Banning the word free

    you missed a dash

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 11:21am

    Re: Re: Banning the word free

    missed three dashes

     

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    Angel (profile), Mar 14th, 2014 @ 11:21am

    You know we should create a website that allows users to google the name of a movie or t.v. show and then takes a screenshot of the search results. Then we have the screenshots sent to (insert representative name here).

    We should then proceed to advertise this in every way possible and have as many people as we can bombard (insert representative name here) with those screenshots along with some text explaining how they are full of it.

     

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    John Cressman, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 11:22am

    Idiot politicians

    Any congressman/woman who tries to do ANYTHING with technology should be given a basic exam to see if they possess the basic knowledge to make those decisions and if not, then they need to let someone who IS tech savy make the calls.

    Same thing with judges! Enough of the ignorant trying to lead the people who actually KNOW.

    In fact, didn't a congresswoman recently claim ON THE FLOOR that the Constitution was 400 years old?!

    We elect stupid people and now we have a stupid government - funny how it works that way...

     

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    Colin, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 11:24am

    Thank you for letting me know what search terms to use to watch 12 Years a Slave for free! I appreciate your contributions to piracy, Congress!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 11:27am

    Are these congressmen so completely isolated from the real world that they've never in all of their lives heard of the term "free sample"?
    They are, aren't they? They've been immersed in propaganda and rhetoric for so long that they've forgotten what ordinary life is like.
    I feel like I should hate them, but all I can feel for them is pity. What miserable, wretched creatures their greed has made of them.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Mar 14th, 2014 @ 11:29am

    Re:

    Obviously, anyone searching for "free willy" is looking for a pirate copy of the classic '60s movie, Willy.

     

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    St. Pat, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 11:30am

    Response to: Angel on Mar 14th, 2014 @ 11:21am

    Sending them screenshots of Google returning legitimate content might actually be a good way of protesting this. If this batshit-insane concept ever makes it to the floor, i feel like that could be used to rally visitors to Google, reddit, etc. To protest it.

     

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    Shmerl, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 11:31am

    With such lunatics in Congress

    What can we expect to come out from it?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 11:32am

    What horrifies me more than anything is that these drooling cretins aren't just random politicians, they're the ones taking an interest in the subject.

     

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    observer, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 11:35am

    Re: Idiot politicians

    Agreed. Anyone who's ever worked in systems management knows you don't give admin access to any old schmuck who asks for it, even (no, make that especially) if they're theoretically in charge. It's a disaster waiting to happen. This is the same thing on a larger scale.

     

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    That One Guy (profile), Mar 14th, 2014 @ 11:35am

    Ummm...

    So correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't Google's search, over time, modify it's results based upon what the one searching is looking for? So if he did that search, and all he was seeing was links to pirated content, well, that seems to say a lot more about his search patterns than Google's search algorithms.

    That or he was just flat out lying, which I really wish they'd called him out on, it would have been ridiculously easy to have him list the search results he was seeing, then punch in the same search terms on another computer and list off what it showed that time to compare the two.

     

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    That One Guy (profile), Mar 14th, 2014 @ 11:38am

    Always look for the 'SOLD' tag...

    Crazy people aren't the problem, if they were just crazy, then you'd have about a 50/50 chance for some good to come out of it. No, the problem is the bought-and-paid-for ones, who will, evidence be damned, do exactly as those paying them tell them to, even if it means, like in this case, making completely obviously false statements in support of their orders.

     

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    Lord_Unseen, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 11:40am

    Re: Wow...

    They sure are. "How dare Netflix allow people to watch their own content!"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 11:41am

    Re: Re:

    Are you sure that's the same Willy? Seems I recall another daffynition of the word "willy".

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 11:41am

    AHA! A little Googling and Ted Poes' annoyance at the word 'free' is more understandable.

    https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr4155

    http://poe.house.gov/key-issue-ratio nale/free-flow/

    I wonder if he's got a trademark application lurking around somewhere...

     

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    crade (profile), Mar 14th, 2014 @ 11:51am

    Did these politicians actually obtain these infringing files? As I recall (from you know.. um.. nevermind), it is really not that easy to obtain actual full copies of infringing content from a google search.. Usually you get a bunch of places that claim to provide it and just spam you with ads instead

     

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    crade (profile), Mar 14th, 2014 @ 11:58am

    Re:

    They don't even need to rewrite them, they paid enough the first time to get unlimited edits thrown in.

     

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    PRMan, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 12:01pm

    Re: Probably thinks Wikipedia is "thievery"

    Clearly they're pirating Britannica! No wonder they're going out of business!

     

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    Richard (profile), Mar 14th, 2014 @ 12:12pm

    If we ban Free

    Then it won't be all right now...

     

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    Jeffrey Deal (profile), Mar 14th, 2014 @ 12:14pm

    Real Google Results

    I just searched for "House of Cards" and went through the first 15 pages of results. I had to skip 5 sites that were in various foreign languages, but aside from those I can confidently state that there were no infringing sites (no place to watch it for free).

    In fact the results had quite degraded into uses of the phrase "house of cards" in other contexts.

    I have hit page 15 of Google results maybe ten times in my life. It takes an exceptional desperation to travel that far into the desert.

    So yeah, total BS.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 12:15pm

    Re: Idiot politicians

    should be given a basic exam to see if they possess the basic knowledge to make those decisions

    With how far their heads are up their asses, this would be a rectal exam right?

     

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    Avantare, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 12:26pm

    Re:

    What about complimentary, costless, freebie, handout, for nothing, unpaid, gratis... ???

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), Mar 14th, 2014 @ 12:34pm

    These idiot politicians truly believe the internet should be nothing but a giant store to buy things from. So let's see who's really being bought here:

    Tom Marino
    #5 industry donor - TV/Movies/Music $19,500

    Judy Chu
    #5 industry donor = TV/Movies/Music $16,000

    Plus everyone knows if you want to pirate you search for 12 Years a Slave Torrent, or you don't search at all and just type thepiratebay.org

    Such idiocy!

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Mar 14th, 2014 @ 12:42pm

    Re: Ummm...

    "So correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't Google's search, over time, modify it's results based upon what the one searching is looking for?"

    If you have a Google account and you're logged into it, yes.

    Also, even if you aren't logged in, if your browser is telling Google your physical location, then the results will be tailored according to that as well.

    Personally, I hate that tailoring. It's one of the reasons I stopped using Google to search for things so much.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 12:46pm

    the scary thing is those like the two senators mentioned, who have less clue than my big toe, but think they know everything, because the entertainment industries have given them a song sheet to readoff, never stop asking the same questions, even though they get the same answers, which are usually the exact opposite of what they wanted. on top of this, because they continue asking questions, other who may or may not have a clue dont get chance to ask their questions, get fed up and just go with the flow. what is such a pity is that if they were to get their way, the clueless ones could then get what everyone else gets and that is locked down, restricted and censored. unfortunately, they carry on 'pirating' just the same as before, all with the blessings of the industries. they also never have a clue of the damage they have done to progress and innovation, mainly because they dont have enough time to worry about those things, with so much of their time being taken up checking the 'encouragement' they received from the very ones they helped. and dont forget, they are elected into office to represent the people!!

     

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    Deimal (profile), Mar 14th, 2014 @ 12:52pm

    Elected Morons

    Fucking morons. These assholes need to just stop. These arrogant crack-smoking elected douchebags need to stop. The level of egotism and arrogance it takes to proudly stand as a member of congressional committee and tell a company that essentially INVENTED modern search technology, how it should work, when a) Your claim to any authority is winning a popularity contest in a nation that watches shit like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (BIIIG success there) and b) You level of familiarity, let ALONE expertise, in technology ends at Windows 95, is FREAKING AMAZING.

    What a class of techno-illiterate fuckwads we have trying to regulate something. These assholes for the most part can't regulate their own sex-drives or drug habits. Probably not a one of these grand-standing luddites has ever done a search by themselves for anything on Google. They need to shut the fuck up, RIGHT NOW.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 12:59pm

    Re: Re: Ummm...

    If you use Firefox there is an add-on that allows you to add a search box from any page into your search engine options. This is particularly useful for more specialized searches, such as data-sheet sites.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 1:34pm

    Re:

    Uh. They aren't senators. This is a House committee not a Senate one.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 1:37pm

    Re: If we ban Free

    I see what you did there.

     

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    Bengie, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 1:42pm

    Re: Wow...

    Netflix should have a House of Cards episode of about this idiot.

     

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    Eponymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 2:40pm

    This line of thought also neglects a deeper factor...

    That even if Google takes their concern seriously and strikes the word "free" human nature being what it is, especially dealing with our creative use of language, people will route around that by using other words with the same intent. In the end you may censor the words, but that will do little to stop those intending on making use of "free" content! It just turns the situation into an ever escalating arms race where everyone loses.

     

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    Alan Simpson, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 3:02pm

    Laws

    I disagree with this part of the article.

    And these are the people who are planning to rewrite our copyright laws?

    This should read "And these are the same people that are going to pass a law written by the MPAA/RIAA."

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 3:05pm

    Re: Elected Morons

    Adding to the problem is that they are listening to people who do not use technology either, because thats what they have interns and assistants for.

     

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    xebikr (profile), Mar 14th, 2014 @ 3:10pm

    Re: Wow...

    Is Netflix even complaining about piracy? I can't find anything.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 3:20pm

    How about this:

    Did anyone in Congress do an IMDB title search for the word Free?

    http://www.imdb.com/find?q=Free&s=tt&ref_=fn_al_tt_mr

    Display maxes out at 200 titles returned, there are more than that of course. But basically Hollywood and Congress would like for hundreds, possibly thousands of legitimate works, many of which are created by Hollywood themselves, to be completely unsearchable in the future.

    Brilliant!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 3:32pm

    Re: Re:

    Doesn't matter if he got it wrong, both committees are full of paid shills anyway.

     

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    Rapnel (profile), Mar 14th, 2014 @ 3:58pm

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    The Three Stooges you say? Free you say? Why, I oughta..

     

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    Angel (profile), Mar 14th, 2014 @ 4:00pm

    Re: Response to: Angel on Mar 14th, 2014 @ 11:21am

    Honestly I would do it but I don't know how to code from scratch, I'm more of code hacker....lol. But I would definitely love to see somebody pick up the idea.

     

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    avideogameplayer, Mar 14th, 2014 @ 4:05pm

    The only free thing these idiots want is money...

     

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    Andrew Norton (profile), Mar 14th, 2014 @ 5:10pm

    If asked:
    Poe: Okay, I'm a thief. I'm stealin' House of Cards. How do I get it to be number two when you pull up "house of cards"? That's my question!


    My answer would be:

    Well, first I'd start by ignoring the lobbyist that handed me this question, Rep. Poe, because he's clearly ignorant about copyright and copyright law. As both the legislation makes clear, and the US Supreme Court has affirmed, you're not 'stealing' anything. Then I'd question the wisdom and fiscal responsbility in holding a hearing just to show the committee member's ignorance over their supposed subject material and finally I'd suggest that if you were REALLY interested in improving your position in a search engine, you'd do what everyone else does, and hire an SEO company, there's thousands out there.

    Of course, I'd probably be held in 'contempt' of Congress for that, but it's nothing compared to the contempt I feel for these corrupt PetaQ ...and the horse they rode in on.

     

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    John85851 (profile), Mar 14th, 2014 @ 5:26pm

    Is this real

    I wonder if this guy's behavior is real or if he's grandstanding so he can say he's "doing something". To borrow Apple's phrase, a "moron in a hurry" can tell that the links for Huffington Post, Facebook, Netflix, and Amazon are legit.

    So either this guy is a complete idiot or his staffers told him to say these are illegal sites or he's grandstanding. None of these options are very good.

     

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    David Cortright (profile), Mar 14th, 2014 @ 5:31pm

    Oh say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
    O'er the land of the ignorant-politicians-who-haven't-bothered-to-think-through-the-implications-of-their-facile-solution s, and the home of the brave.

     

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    That One Guy (profile), Mar 14th, 2014 @ 5:51pm

    Re: Is this real

    You don't need to pick just one, I'd say 'all of the above' would probably be the most accurate.

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), Mar 14th, 2014 @ 9:36pm

    Re: Is this real

    As ignorant as he is, it's unlikely he cares much about the issue at all. Most likely he's repeating the MPAA's script in the hopes they'll give more money to his campaign. It's a fundraising move.

     

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    techflaws (profile), Mar 15th, 2014 @ 12:15am

    We're used to politicians being clueless jackasses but why the hell can't Google send someone a little more apt to debate these morons? You can bet I'd have a snide remark for his sarcastic "Oh? Those are all legitimate sites?" that would make him look stupid enough to think about trying pulling this stunt again.

     

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    That One Guy (profile), Mar 15th, 2014 @ 11:13am

    Re:

    Well the problem is that while they're idiots, they're also arrogant idiots, used to having all the power they want and having everyone tell them how brilliant they are, so to say they'd react 'poorly' to someone blatantly pointing out their idiocy in a snarky or sarcastic manner would probably be severely understating it.

    Now, snark and sarcasm may be out, or at least inadvisable, but I totally agree that the google rep should have called him out on his lie, he should have asked the one making the claims to list out, by number, each site he was looking at, and then in return done the same search, and listed out the results he got, as I'm sure they would have been wildly different.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 15th, 2014 @ 11:48am

    Re:

    I didn't read that as sarcasm. I read that as he just realized that Google could return multiple legitimate links to a search for the title of a movie.

     

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    MOre, Mar 15th, 2014 @ 8:39pm

    You don't think

    you don't think that perhaps Google, knowing that this was going to be the example, would have gone through and cleaned up the results ever so slightly? It's one of the few major movies where "free" isn't given as suggested completion in search.

    No, Google wouldn't be that evil... right?

    PS: There is a cross site scripting issue on Techdirt, pages keep locking and IE freaks out with an attempting cross site scripting attack.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 16th, 2014 @ 2:04am

    Re: You don't think

    "PS: There is a cross site scripting issue on Techdirt, pages keep locking and IE freaks out with an attempting cross site scripting attack."

    After performing a thorough analysis of all the elements involved in your impromptu bug report, I've determined the problem is due entirely to the fact that you're using IE.

    Levity aside, the latter is not necessarily an indication of the former.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 16th, 2014 @ 5:55am

    They dont care about doing things right, all they know is that someone told them this thing is broken, and are now waiting on the people their leaning on "yes a'master, we fix tha right a'way, a'sir."

    Idiots, and corporate suck ups, no doubt a few heavy pockets and a few extra favours

    They want my trust, earn my trust, do not expect my trust as if they feel entitled to it, and the last thing they should do, is point themselves out as those who DONT have my trust.........no actually, thankyou for identifying yourselves.........idiots

     

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    John Thomas, Mar 16th, 2014 @ 6:45am

    Real problem. Voters

    You are all missing the real problem here. Elected officials. The voting community of un retired voters needs to make politicians accountable at the poles.

    I lived in Chico, ca. Students at the party college outnumbered towns people 6-7:1 when I was there. Yet every time the city, voted officials, past more laws against partying and other typical college pastimes. The major problem is here there are already laws to cover most of this. The real problem is that the students didn't vote in there own politicians. They bitched and complained but never did anything about it. It is illegal to drink alcohol on your lawn in Chico. It's considered a public place. It was intended to stop drinking in communal areas of apartment complexes. Unintended consequences that the police took advantage when it suited them.

    I could go on. You know they can't be sure for anything they say? They sit up there and make inflammatory statements that are wrong and we can't do a thing about it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 16th, 2014 @ 2:16pm

    Re: Re: You don't think

    To be fair, it happened to me with Firefox.

     

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    William Brown (profile), Mar 17th, 2014 @ 5:03pm

    No more FREE stuff?

    Free Software Foundation, Apache OpenOffice - The Free and Open Productivity Suite, Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia!
    What's their real motivation?

     

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    CornedBee, Mar 20th, 2014 @ 4:39am

    Re: Re:

    "Obviously, anyone searching for "free willy" is looking for a pirate copy of the classic '60s movie, Willy."

    And anyone searching for "free speech" must be looking to pirate one of the short films or series episodes called Speech.

     

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