April 21, 2004

Getting Google to be more transparent

Google has to remove some search results from its service because of legal obligations under the DMCA (like section 512). Google, in an attempt to be transparent, adds a few lines to the bottom of search results saying as much.

For example, search for "content on their sites. Whether it's product information". At the bottom of the page is the following phrase:

In response to a complaint we received under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 1 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint for these removed results.

A sharp member of the audience asked, "Why can't this notice be where the removed link would have appeared in the search results instead of the bottom of the page where I don't see it?" The Google Rep. (Andrew McLaughlin), said that sounded reasonable but that he wasn't sure what would have to be done on the engineering side to make this happen.

A not-so-smart member of the audience (me) then said, "Something that wouldn't require any effort on the part of your engineering staff would be to put these notices at the top of the page." Word.

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