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Internet copyright news – Murdoch joins online piracy debate

23rd January 2012

The temperature of the debate was raised a few degrees this week when media mogul Rupert Murdoch controversially branded Google as a “piracy leader” for its role in streaming copyrighted video content for free.

Making his stance clear on the internet copyright debate, Murdoch used social network site Twitter to say, “Piracy leader is Google who streams movies free, sells adverts around them. No wonder pouring millions into lobbying,”

However, Google countered Murdoch’s criticism by highlighting the extensive anti-piracy work it has been involved in in recent years.

“Google respects copyright – and we’ve worked hard to help rights holders deal with piracy,” commented a spokesperson.

It added, “Last year we took down five million infringing Web pages from our search results and invested more than $60 million in the fight against bad ads. Like many other tech companies, we believe that there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue websites without asking US companies to censor the internet.”

Just last September Google came under intense pressure to block websites which were found to be in breach of internet copyright laws, provoking intense debate among information technology law specialist solicitors.

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