- September 30, 2009
- Posted by: Brandon Matheson
- Category: Santa Barbara Entrepreneur
Anyone familiar with my blog has read a few posts over the last year about Google’s position on copyright infringement, or lack thereof. In short Google has allowed third parties to use their assets (YouTube, Blogspot) to infringe on copyright, trademark, or engage in defamation and libel. That’s part of free speech and I’m all for it. But I think Google beyond the law should take it upon themselves to examine their rankings more carefully – especially when defamation appears on their own owned assets. Google feels protected by the 1998 DMCA law, section 230 which indemnifies third parties.
Now, there’s new legislation which I believe will not only pass, but will serve as a framework for how Internet companies like Google must handle third party content posting on their owned assets. For over a year now, I have adamantly recommended to readers to “Protect their Name” and referenced how easy it is for an anonymous, disgruntled person to disparage or defame without much recourse towards the internet providers that make such defamation and copyright infringement so easy. Well, it’s all about to change, for the better.
Scott Cleland does a fine job of explaining all of this here: