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Do Search Engines Promote Piracy?

Publication Date: 
January 28, 2008
Source: 
PC Magazine
Author: 
Chloe Albanesius

Lecturer in Law Fred von Lohmann is quoted in PC Magazine about a case of illegal downloading of music:

The Seeqpod case "is among the first that directly tests how copyright law applies to search engines," Fred von Lohmann, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, wrote in a Thursday blog post.

Though major search engines like Yahoo and Google can technically direct users to pirated material, they have not faced many legal challenges because of safe harbors clauses within the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), von Lohmann wrote.