Some of the top web companies in Russia have published an open letter to the entertainment industries demanding that they stop blaming them for Internet piracy. Google, Vkontakte, Mail.ru and two leading search engines say that the responsibility for infringements lies with their users and are asking that legal action be directed at them. They […]

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Google has won its court case against Viacom, where it was facing a $1 billion claim for allowing users to upload copyrighted clips to YouTube. The landmark case is expected to have a major impact on future cases dealing with the responsibilities of the operators of user-generated media libraries, including BitTorrent sites. Over the past […]

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Google has threatened to shut down Trackhub, a free service that provides a BitTorrent tracker fail-safe on Google’s App Engine platform. The search giant claims it has received numerous complaints about the service, but seems to be clueless about what it’s actually doing. —————————————————————————————— Last year TF introduced Trackhub as a service that shields BitTorrent’s […]

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When Google launched its Pac-Man logo on Friday, we immediately heard amused groans in our tweet-streams. “Well, so much for my morning,” said one. “Google’s Pac Man logo just ruined millions of dollars in productivity , nationwide,” said —————————————————————————————————— It might not sound like a lot on first glance, but the 36 extra seconds that […]

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