Google censorship of xenu.com domain [#201159]
Fri, 22 Mar 2002 02:32:48 -0800
The essence of the "correction" seems to be:
- The http://www.xenu.net root page, which obviously
did not contain any copyrighted work, was placed
back in the index. As of now, it appears to be the
4th hit for a query on "Scientology".
- Someone has taken Sponsored Link ads out for the
term "Scientology" which link to xenu.net. I would
suggest that this shows the benefits of showing
search hits based on a diversity of rankings (PageRank,
demonstrated user interest, payment-for-prominence),
as no one organization/gaming-strategy is likely to
be able to manipulate all effectively and enduringly.
("You can fool all of the rankings some of the time,
and some of the rankings all of the time, but you
can't fool all of the rankings, all of the time.")
It appears that at least the first step, and perhaps
the second, was taken even before the misguided "march on
The other URLs that were listed in the CoS takedown
request are still not in Google. Google probably doesn't
want to set the precedent of individually reviewing
every protested URL -- that's not required of them under
the law, and could wind up increasing their liability,
rather than giving them "safe harbor", if they guess
They chiefly need to follow the duly-constructed requests
of the notifier and then the counter-notifier.
IN ORDER TO GET THE OTHER 41 URL STEMS, REPRESENTING
POSSIBLY MANY MORE PAGES, RESTORED, XENU.NET SHOULD
FILE A DMCA COUNTER-NOTIFICATION.
This will put the ball back in CoS's court, and barring
actual court motions, will give Google the cover it
needs to restore all the URLs without having to do a
risky case-by-case evaluation.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jon O." <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, March 21, 2002 10:05 PM
Subject: Re: Google censorship of xenu.com domain [#201159]
> Results of the "March on Google" as it has been termed:
> ----- Forwarded message from Don Marti <firstname.lastname@example.org> -----
> From: Don Marti <email@example.com>
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: [linux-elitists] Re: Google censorship of xenu.com domain [#201159]
> Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2002 20:19:42 -0800
> begin quotation of Thu, Mar 21, 2002 at 07:04:27PM -0800:
> > Don musta kicked some ass!
> > http://slashdot.org/yro/02/03/22/0141250.shtml?tid=153
> Someone from Google reads this list. (Hi.)
> What happened? They made a mistake. Then they corrected it.
> (We discovered the correction when a Well Known Scientology
> Critic called me at Dana St. when we were getting organized to go
> over there.) We met with software engineer Matt Cutts and had a
> very productive discussion about the DMCA and Google's policy for
> handling takedown requests.
> Here's a photo of the Mountain View California Xenu Independent Study
> Group and Matt: http://zgp.org/~dmarti/images/google_meeting.jpeg
> Unresolved questions:
> Will Google always provide a copy of the complainant's letter to
> the webmaster of the site that would be affected?
> Will Google publish a list of DMCA takedowns it does?
> Will Google drop the bland-sounding internal term PageRank(tm)
> in favor of the more descriptive "Google Juice"?
> (Everybody stopped running that lynx loop that says mean things
> about Stanford, right?)
> Don Marti
> http://zgp.org/~dmarti Join the Distributed Unisys Google Experiment.
> email@example.com <a href="http://burnallgifs.org/">Unisys</a>
> KG6INA everywhere.
> ----- End forwarded message -----