Google’s Blogger service in Turkey has been cut after a satellite TV firm Digiturk was upset that streaming media feeds from local football games were appearing on multiple Blogger profiles.
Google is a little miffed that because a few people did something illegal, and so the whole of Turkey has to suffer. Well, that is the way with laws, the same thing applied to the creation of airport security.
A spokesgoogle told the BBC that there was a process for making a copyright claim for content uploaded to Blogger and it was straightforward and efficient. Instead it seems that Digiturk just popped around to the local court and got a broad ban on access to the service.
The problem is that more than 600,000 Turks will be miffed at having their blogs taken down by the court. Some Turkish bloggers don’t give a monkey’s about local football and most of them are not breaking the law.
Google points out that a lot of illegal content is shown on other sites and therefore Digiturk is picking on them.
Turkish courts love to take down international websites like Google and Youtube. Turkey previously banned YouTube, which is also owned by Google, for two years because of derogatory clips mocking the country’s first president, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
If Google is going to pull the offending blogs from its website in the hope that Turkey will lift the ban. Turkish bloggers that use the site are likely keeping their fingers crossed that this time, the reversal will take less than two years.