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Google Censorship in Turkey

Kader Kadem | 12:21 | 4Comments
banned blogspotIn October, 2010 Turkey lifted a ban on YouTube that had been in place for two years.

About 600,000 Turkish bloggers are thought to use the Google tool to publish their personal journals. The ban has been imposed because Turkey’s copyright protection laws allow for entire services to be shut down.

Google confirmed the Blogger ban in a statement and said those with worries about piracy should turn to its easy-to-use takedown systems rather than seek a wholesale shutdown. "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," said a spokesperson. "that way, people in Turkey can continue to enjoy Blogger whilst we respond to the specific complaint."

Digiturk said it went to court to protect its right to broadcast Turkey’s Spor Toto Super League games on its Lig channel. Digiturk said the ban had not curbed all piracy as other sites beyond Blogger were still showing pirated streams of football matches.

Bloggers and their readers reacted angrily and quickly to the court decision, with nearly 9,000 users of the social-networking website Facebook joining a group called “Do not touch my blog” in less than two days after the decision was announced. Similar campaigns have also been created on other websites, such as Twitter.

It seems that Digiturk was also behind the ban of Youtube, WordPress, Google Groups, Blogger, Blogspot, Google sites, Google Earthi Google Maps, Blogcatalog Justin.tv, MyPSP TV, and others previously over the same issue.
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