The fact is that Google facilitates theft by enabling its users to search for infringing material, and Mike Masnick sucks up to Google Inc. and encourages this law-breaking behaviour by constantly espousing such ineffective anti-piracy methods as making stuff people want to consume, making it widely available, and not charging stupid money for it based on geographical location. *MAFIAA shill mode off*
"The government will never accept the law of the jungle," Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a television declaration on Thursday evening, the day that the French government accepted the law of the jungle as laid down by rioting taxi drivers. Just sayin'.
The fact is that since Tumblr was bought by Yapoo, its Trust and Safety team have been staffed similarly to Google. That's why, if you don't want them finding your blog, you block it from Tumblr in the robots.txt file. Simples!
Products these industries don't even make (CDs, hard drives, memory cards, etc.) have levies added to somehow offset piracy [...] As I've stated in the past, there are no such levies in the UK on the basis that the exception allows copying only for personal use, not copying for all and sundry.
I agree. After I put a song on AO3 about the US Government's excesses, my beta reader wrote a comment in which she apologised for them. I thanked her for her apology, but also explained that I didn't expect one from her because it's her government to blame, not individuals.