After Thousands of Takedown Notices, This Is What a Google Search for Daft Punk Looks Like…

iTunes got the juicy exclusive, Spotify was forced to wait. But does any of that really matter?  After sending thousands of takedown notices (many containing hundreds infringing links), this is what a Google search result for ‘Daft Punk Torrent’ looks like, right now.

The group’s album, Random Access Memories, was ‘officially released’ on May 21st (US).

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31 Responses

  1. Stu
    Stu

    The moles never stop coming in whack-a-mole 😉
    Tempted to suggest that people searching for ‘Daft Punk torrent’ are lost causes sales-wise, energy worrying about them may be best spent elsewhere.
    I did try a Google search for ‘Daft Punk Random Access Memories’ which was more Wikipedia / iTunes / Amazon / YouTube (official unboxing vid) etc. But interestingly Grooveshark was also in the first 10 results…

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    • Visitor
      Visitor

      Wow, just wow… and how much money are those sites making? That’s the real question…
      you may also enjoy…
      Lou Reed Exploited By American Express, AT&T, Chevorlet, Chili’s, Lysol, Pottery Barn, Vons, Domino’s Pizza, Netflix, Galaxy Nexus and Ron Jeremy!

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      • Visitor
        Visitor

        The best way to make a dent is to be involved in filesharing, at least historically. But they don’t make their money from filesharing directly, but filesharing allows them to develop technology or business expirence that ends up landing them in the billionare club. Examples:
        The technology behind KaZaa was used to developed Skype and now the original KaZaa developers are billionares. Sean Parker is another example, invested in Napster which got into the SV club and into Facebook, he’s also now a billionare.

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      • Visitor
        Visitor

        …yes you are right , NO MONEY, actually there is a chance for some Adwords money! So it is time for label boys to knock on every of those doors and tell them to play for free just 20 seconds, then the screen goes gray and the 29 cents purchasing procedure displays on the screen. 10cents for the label, 10 cents for the artist, 5 cents for the cellphone company auto-billing and four cents to now criminal site to be so smart to land organically at the Google top 10! Honestly 10 cents to current criminal and 4 cents to ignorant label is a better split.

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  2. GGG
    GGG

    Is there any research at all to show DMCA takedown notices do anything besides remove links? Unless someone is trying to pirate for the first time, or searching something so rare/obscure (ie, not Daft Punk), nobody who knows how to download music is googling anything. They have their sites, and/or ask friends who also pirate. Everytime I see something like this it just proves that people fighting piracy have no idea how things work.
    You’re also showing a screenshot of a searches second page. I’ve done SEO work before. Those links were lucky if they got any clicks at all.

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    • Faza (TCM)
      Faza (TCM)

      We have a saying here in Poland: “opportunity makes a thief”. Sure, there are hardcore downloaders who know every trick in the book or have friends who do. There are also people who just go on Google and type in whatever they’re looking for, ‘coz they know they’ll get it. For the sake of all that’s holy, some people cannot even be bothered to remember what the URL of Facebook’s login page is! (There was an amusing situation several years back that demonstrated this.)
      The reason to send DMCA notices is twofold: first, it should make life harder for the casual pirate and there’s reason to believe that hardcore pirates aren’t enough to sustain many pirate sites (see Newzbin); second it should make life harder for Google who are making oodles of money serving ads to pirate sites and driving traffic towards them.
      As for the screenshot being of the second page, there’s two ways we can read this: one is that the first page is all legitimate links (yeah right, how many legitimate links are there for “X torrent”?), the other is that after all those takedown notices there are still enough illegitimate links to spill over several pages. This tells us a lot about how Google works and where they make their money.

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      • Visitor
        Visitor

        (1) The [vocal] general public is apathetic to copyright enforcement. This translates to democratic governments being apathetic to the problem of privacy.
        (2) There is strong financial incentive by technology companies to ignore piracy.

        (3) Even if there was huge support for it, curbing piracy is not a easy problem to begin with.

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          • Visitor
            Visitor

            Not if it effects the technology industry. The tech industry is far more powerful and their influence goes beyond simple entertainment.

          • Yves Villeneuve
            Yves Villeneuve

            I am pretty sure politicians and the public understand what is good and bad behaviour. Piracy/theft is bad behaviour. Infringing Tech orgs made their money from bad behaviour. Hollywood vs Unethical Tech? Hollywood wins. Good wins every time, eventually.

          • Visitor
            Visitor

            Amen!! The tech dorks will soon learn that Hollywood always wins in the end. Always.

          • Visitor
            Visitor

            Nonsense. Nothing is more powerful then the ARTIST! We will defeat the Silicone Valley by the power of art!

        • Yves Villeneuve
          Yves Villeneuve

          I think only delusional people or totalitarian governments believe crime can be fully eliminated. We do have the power and means to significantly reduce crime, however.

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          • Visitor
            Visitor

            Um, but piracy is the worst thing because it goes against the will of the artist. Having a totalitarian government wouldn’t be such a bad thing if it ment we could finally get rid of piracy..

          • Yves Villeneuve
            Yves Villeneuve

            Name one country that has a zero crime rate or zero piracy rate. What you are suggesting is evil can be fully conquered. That’s impossible. But certainly evil can be significantly limited/reduced with the right means. These means do not need to be draconian as often found in totalitarian societies.

          • Visitor
            Visitor

            Because nobody is trying hard enough to eliminate. Force people to take a lie detector test three times a day (“did you pirate anything?”) and greatly restrict and monitor the use of computers and technology that can be used to copy stuff. Increase the punishment for piracy to death or life with hard labor. Now watch the piracy problem go away.
            Copyright is a human right, therefore enforcing it deserves the harshest measures.

          • will
            will

            Hold up. Did you just suggest that music piracy should be punished by death?

          • Visitor
            Visitor

            If you don’t try hard enough people will find ways around your enforcement. You need to tackle the ultimate problem of piracy harshly and decisively. People need to learn to respect government authority.

        • Visitor
          Visitor

          The General Public was not apathetic to piracy when they got busted… ask Jaime Thomas and Joel Tennebaum…

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          • Piracy is Death
            Piracy is Death

            It’s a shame that those pirates got away with such lenient punishments too. We need anti-piracy measures much like how we did it 16th century. It would be far more effective. Do you see any pirates in the caribbean anymore? Why? Because they got hanged from the nearest tree, that’s why. It works.

  3. Visitor
    Visitor

    The worst part is, if you click on those DMCA links at the bottom you’ll find all the infringing links that were supposedly de-indexed.
    …as if calling it “chilling effects” wasn’t passive aggressive enough.

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    • Visitor
      Visitor

      “…as if calling it “chilling effects” wasn’t passive aggressive enough.”
      lol, indeed!
      But the really hilarious part is that everybody knows how to take down illegal material now because of the ‘chilling effects’ scheme…

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  4. Visitor
    Visitor

    As you can see from the picture. this is for page 2 results?
    What does page 1 results look like? Guessing its a very slow news day.

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    • Paul Resnikoff
      Paul Resnikoff

      They’re page 1 results. The reason for the ‘2’ on the footer was me expanding to include page 1 + 2 results.
      Anyway, to simplify, I just snapped page 1 this morning, and updated the image.
      Results change day-to-day, but you can easily verify this by searching it yourself.
      Thanks.

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