Turkey bans Google Blogger over pirated football feeds
Blogging site caught offside
A court has banned Google's Blogger service in Turkey over a row about pirated football feeds.
A local court outlawed the service in response to a complaint by satellite TV firm Digiturk that streaming media feeds from local games were appearing on multiple Blogger profiles.
An estimated 600,000 Turks use Google's service to chronicle their daily thoughts and post pictures. The vast majority of these users are doing nothing illicit or copyright infringing but have nonetheless found themselves locked out of the service following the blanket ban. Turkey previously banned the Google run YouTube service for two years up until October 2010 because of derogatory clips mocking the country's founder, Kemal Atatürk.
Google criticised the latest ban, arguing that that copyright holders should target individual infringing content via an established complaints procedure rather than seeking a blanket ban.
"The process for making a copyright claim for content uploaded to Blogger is straightforward and efficient, and we encourage all content owners to use it rather than seek a broad ban on access to the service," a Google spokesperson told the BBC.
"That way, people in Turkey can continue to enjoy Blogger whilst we respond to the specific complaint."
The ban seems to be inconveniencing regular bloggers rather than fans looking for unlicensed access to footage of Turkish football games on the net. Digiturk admitted that other sites outside Blogger were also providing access to pirated streams of football matches. ®
Tunisia. Egypt. Libya.
Keep on pissing off your people. See where it gets you.
Blogger supports streaming?
If I'm not mistaken, Blogger doesn't support streaming. At worst the offending blogs simply contain <embed> tags pointing to the real rogues. Shame the courts don't understand this.
Check the URL
This site is operated from outside of the one country in the world that uses the name football for a sport derived from rugby in which you carry the ball in your hands rather the kick the ball with your foot, hence the name foot-ball (not going to fast for you are we?).
Football is an internationally played sport unlike your sport "American football" as it is known throughout the rest of the world where it is much laughed at as a form of rugby for girlie men who wear suits with shoulder pads and big helmets to avoid smudging their eye-liner.
Dam it I just feed the troll