Sunday, December 20, 2009

Shanda versus the Pirates

PC World reports that at least one epublisher is going after pirates, all guns blazing. Chinese epublisher, Shanda Literature--founded in October, is taking the largest Chinese search engine (Baidu) to court over ebooks that are accessible using that service--and their are some reports that they have Google in their sights too.

Their argument seems to be that of search engines can provide warnings that a site might contain malware, or adult content, they should be able to provide similar warning that a site is likely to contain pirated material. And they are asking that search engines attempt to provide these warnings, not suppress the sites entirely or delist them.

I have to say, that seems reasonable to me. The vast majority of pirate copies are, after all, provided via a relatively small number of websites. And, as if often mentioned, if people want to pirate they will. But a warning and informational notice would at least ensure they cannot say they "didn't know" the copy they downloaded was illegal.


Teddy Pig said...

Because they do not actual do that work.

The adult site notices come from resources PAID FOR by several groups dedicated to identifying sites that have adult content on the inetrnet.

The malware notices are generated automatically by scanner software PAID FOR by the search site.

Unless someone PAYS FOR identifying pirate sites like this nifty publisher seems to be saying it will unless it THINKS other people should and then it is seriously fucked no one in this country is going to do that job for FREE and should not have to.

If people are interested in blocking pirate sites then get out your checkbook and pay for it and I am sure they will be glad to take your money.

veinglory said...

Of course someone pays for it. But is avoiding malware attacking their customers is worth investing in, why not helping them avoid breaking the law?

Teddy Pig said...

Because they do not have to pay for the adult website information it is usually packaged in with some other services I get.

Malware breaks customers computers and is a security risk and you can get one just by entering a website so yeah they would pay for that it directly effects them. Malware is also easily scannable because even though it does mutate it still has definite common signatures machines can recognize.

Piracy is not a problem that is theirs machines cannot tell who is just selling your book and who is giving it away for free and legally you are asking them to take that responsibility for all this and you had better be able to prove they have some legal stake in this if you want them to pay for it.

Reasonable people know they don't and only the authors and publishers do so as I said either you or the publisher needs to decide who is going to grab a checkbook for this service you want.

Anonymous said...

No it doesn't mean that at all. It doesn't really change anything. They'll just claim to be technologically illiterate or something similar - ie it wasn't them who downloaded.

And I agree with the other commenter. Who is going to pay for this? I'm not paying. If a search engine brings in this service, I will just switch to another one that doesn't do this. I think it is an invasion of my privacy. It's bad enough I had to switch off google's fantastic new history service and I constantly clear my cookies.

I will say that I wouldn't download something illegally but I don't think just because I'm doing nothing wrong I should passively give up my rights so Big Brother can go after a tiny minority.