Posts Tagged ‘censorship’

Google is also censoring our blog homepage with criticism of Google

April 29, 2011

In the previous post we explained how Google eliminated millions of results from the domain rojadirecta.com, when Audiovisual Sport only specified the address http://www.rojadirecta.com as the address to be censored. We also explained how the http://www.rojadirecta.es page was eliminated a few days ago from Google’s search engine results, even though this was not what MLB had requested, since they had only made reference to the Adsense advertising program and not the search engine. However, we have now confirmed that Google, based upon that last request, has also filtered the pages forum.rojadirecta.es and blog.rojadirecta.es, although MLB only made reference to www.rojadirecta.es. (note that Google requires a one-by-one indication of the search results to be eliminated).

At the time of this post’s writing, this blog has only two entries, and oddly enough, these reveal the errors made by Google and MLB. Therefore, Google is censoring the two links from Rojadirecta to our criticism of Google found on the web page and the blog homepage. It is worth pointing out that the blog does not contain links to broadcasts of sporting events of any kind, and what is worse, MLB did not even complain about blog.rojadirecta.es (as we mentioned in the previous paragraph).

We believe that this is only a coincidence, but it would be nice to have a quick solution and to know the explanations for everything that has happened to lead to the filtering of so many results from Rojadirecta, from two different domains and based on two different complaints, since none of the documents published by Chilling Effects demand the filtering of everything being censored, and also keeping in mind that one of these complaints does not even demand that anything be eliminated from the search engine. According to what is being told to us by TorrentFreak (a site dedicated to news related to the world of P2P and copyrights), they asked Google for an explanation 6 days ago, but they have not received any response.

“Today on Internet TV” site:www.rojadirecta.es
Proof that Google does not show the rojadirecta.es page due to a complaint that does not request this.

site:forum.rojadirecta.es “Welcome to Rojadirecta”
Proof that forum.rojadirecta.es/ is being specifically filtered (other addresses with lower SEO values do appear, such as forum.rojadirecta.es/index.php).

-inurl:tag -inurl:category -inurl:2011 site:blog.rojadirecta.es
Proof that blog.rojadirecta.es/ is being specifically filtered (-inurl eliminates results that are not from the page).

Update (Nov 20th. 2012):
We are currently trying to index  http://test.rojadirecta.es/ at Google. Despite that web address has never infringed nor linked to any infringed copyrighted content, unfortunately we expect Google to filter also that result.

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Google and MLB’s mistakes result in the removal of rojadirecta.es from the search engine

April 22, 2011

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On Saturday, we confirmed that www.rojadirecta.es was no longer appearing in Google’s search results. The company owner of the popular search engine had received a complaint related to the DMCA and, because of this, eliminated the homepage for rojadirecta.es from its search results. Google did not provide us with a copy of the complaint (or we simply did not receive it) so we decided to get in contact with Chilling Effects, who had processed the complaint that Google sent them very quickly. Once the complaint became available on the Chilling Effects web site, we discovered that it was made by the Major League Baseball.

Oddly enough, the complaint was not related to Google’s search engine. In fact, it was sent to Google’s advertising program, Adsense. For these reasons, it seems as though Google eliminated rojadirecta.es from its search results even though this was not what MLB had requested, since their intentions were apparently to simply eliminate Rojadirecta from the Adsense advertising program.

This apparent mistake on Google’s part was perhaps the result of the following false statements made by MLB:

“a Google Adsense partner, http://www.rojadirecta.es”;

Rojadirecta does not participate in Google’s Adsense program so it is impossible to eliminate it from that program. Moreover, Rojadirecta does not even publish banners or contextual ads.

“The Website streams live copyrighted MLB Telecasts”

Not only does Rojadirecta not transmit the aforementioned content, but it does not directly transmit any other type of audio or video content. Rojadirecta is simply an index of sporting events available on the Internet and not a provider of audio and video content.

Incidentally, we believe this is not the first error of this kind made by Google that we’ve had to deal with. In 2007 our entire rojadirecta.com domain was blocked because of a complaint regarding the specific http://www.rojadirecta.com address (something which does not coincide with Google’s instructions for DMCA-related complaints in which it asks for conflicting keywords and their corresponding list of addresses).  Something similar happened to The Pirate Bay in 2009 though Google was quick to correct the error. That isn’t the case here however, seeing as this domain has been completely banned for 4 years with hundreds (actually, millions) of search results deleted (e.g. site:rojadirecta.com or, site:forum.rojadirecta.com).

Judging by the screenshot sent to Google by MLB, it seems likely that MLB was unaware of the concept of redirection through frames. Links to channels from Rojadirecta.es use the address: http://www.rojadirecta.es/goto/…, which means that the address bar continues to show our URL. For instance, http://rojadirecta.es/goto/google.com loads google.com, while http://www.rojadirecta.es/goto/twitter.com/rojadirecta loads our Twitter page. For this reason, the Google advertising that was seen by MLB probably appeared on some page linked from Rojadirecta.

In any case, as it refers to Google, it is fair to say that we do not believe that they have acted in bad faith.

Regarding MLB, we believe that the report sent to Google Adsense was not sent in bad faith either. Apparently, they do not have anything to gain from reporting a website to an advertising program when the site does not participate in it. Thus, it would seem obvious that this was only a mistake, as long as the responsible party did not know that redirection by frames was involved. Regardless, alleging that Rojadirecta transmits such contents is a very serious matter. In fact, it is a rather serious problem that a professional whose responsibility is to protect copyright on audio and video content found on the Internet cannot distinguish between sites that host and transmit content and sites that simply index other pages or streams. Furthermore, if they were aware that Rojadirecta does not transmit content but used the complaint to force Google to act in their interests, the problem is a much more serious one indeed.

Fortunately, Google’s algorithm replaced the deleted address with a Rojadirecta IP address. Therefore, it has at least always continued to appear among the first search results for “rojadirecta”.


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