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French court refuses to ban torrent searches because torrent is a word

Posted on Wednesday, July 20 2016 @ 13:07:44 CEST by

A funny bit of new from France, the High Court of Paris decided search engines like Google and Bing can't be forced to block search queries that contain the word "torrent". The court argued that "torrent" is primarily a common noun, that refers to a neutral communication protocol that can be used to download legal files:
The court order goes on to point out that if the word 'torrent' was blocked, it would block access to all manner of non-piracy related sites.

[Torrent] is primarily a common noun, with a meaning in French and in English; it also refers to a neutral communication protocol developed by the company Bittorrent that enables access to lawfully downloaded files.

The requested measures are thus tantamount to general monitoring and may block access to lawful websites.
Via: BetaNews



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