Microsoft and Google to appear in court?

Dictionary definition: Bing - Noun, a heap or a pile.

and maybe proof that as far as Microsoft is concerned the dictionary definition of Bing has never been more apt?

Yes, its another file sharing topic!

Its being reported today that Microsoft and Google are both being sued by Blue Destiny Records over facilitating and enabling copyright material on their service.  In my previous coverage of file sharing, I made the point that if TPB and other tracker sites were being faced with takedown notices, shouldn’t at the very least the same be applied to search engines and their respective results since there appear to be (in some cases) a relationship between some of the sites and search engines. (IMO)

That being said though, this case is to do with Rapidshare and its advertising arrangements with both Microsoft and Google.

Of course Rapidshare is not BitTorrent and in these days of numerous reports of takedown notices on Torrent Trackers, it makes it a little of a different story.

It is stated in the suit:

RapidShare generates revenue by selling subscriptions for its high-speed download services, and through advertising dollars generated by its advertising partnerships with Google and Microsoft….

and further on:

RapidShare’s business success is accomplished only with the knowing assistance of these two top search engines – Google and Microsoft’s Bing.

We all know what Microsoft thinks about the Piracy/File sharing issue.  No? Lets remind ourselves of some of the comments.  Here’s Bill Gates when he talks about the piracy of Microsoft products:

They’ll get sort of addicted, and then we’ll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade

and what about:

As long as they are going to steal it, we want them to steal ours.

So maybe this flippant (IMO) disregard for intellectual property comes from its own ethos of being happy with people “stealing” products?  I’ll let you make your own mind up on that, but in the meantime it will be interesting to see if this makes it into the courtroom without one of those out of court settlements and may be another point for Microsoft shareholders to consider when looking at MS’s figures in the last few releases.  If a precedent is set, how many other labels/companies will come knocking at the door of Microsoft to get their compensation?

Of course Google is also mentioned and it would be unfair simply to pose the file sharing article at just Microsoft, however one has to wonder when Bill Gates makes statements like the one above, how seriously does Microsoft take the file-sharing issue?  Well going back to the suit involving Rapidshare, it goes on to say:

MS Bing goes a step further than Google by allowing users an immediate preview [of] deep linked content on the underlying website without actually opening the website link

Mr Ballmer doesn’t seem to (IMO) and reportedly he made a comment he made in respect of  Windows having the largest market share, followed by pirated Windows, words to the effect of “they have a great product, but we are working on it.”

which was strange because when talking about Vista in 2007:

Piracy reduction can be a source of Windows revenue growth, and I think we’ll make some piracy improvements this year….

although he now seems to think that the issues of Vista were because they listened to “early good reports”.  We covered that here recently and if the allegation by a claimed ex-Microsoft Engineer is to be believed then we can see why the reports were good.  You can read that article here.

At the end of the day, it is uncertain if there is a case here until its either put to the courts (or more likely IMO settled out of court)

In my opinion though when you look at Google stomping over Bing and its search market share, coupled with the fact that there is now a suit involving Bing, the dictionary definition of the word Bing (as far as Microsoft is concerned) is very apt (in my opinion)

–noun British Dialect.

a heap or pile.


Goblin –


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