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Google aims to cut piracy site funding

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 19 Feb 2013 22:06 User comments (7)

Google aims to cut piracy site funding Google is reportedly in talks with payment processors to cut funding to piracy websites in order to make it more difficult for them to operate.
Google has purged millions of links to copyright infringing content that was indexed by its Search engine in recent years. It has also changed its search recommendations to purge some potentially piracy-related suggestions and more.

Now it is reportedly in talks with Visa, Mastercard and Paypal to block such websites from receiving funding.

"Google has never worked harder to tackle piracy online," the company said in a statement. "Last month alone we removed over 14 million links to pirated material. There are also huge and growing opportunities for content creators to make money online, which is why so many have signed up to Google Play and as YouTube partners."

Google has repeatedly argued that authorities should "follow the money" to hurt Internet piracy.

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7 user comments

119.2.2013 22:22

and google is going to get hurt as well when the hackers and pirates that run the site disable google and take down your site nice move google

219.2.2013 22:56

Originally posted by megadunderhead:
and google is going to get hurt as well when the hackers and pirates that run the site disable google and take down your site nice move google
Unlikely. Even if all the "pirates" decided not to use Google, that won't make a difference. However, Google wont suffer "a lot".

320.2.2013 1:03

Seems like kind of an evil thing to do.


420.2.2013 3:53

Why is Google a self-appointed police force, instead of the yellow pages ? Telling the bankers to turn down money from credit cards, funnier than a Marx Brothers film.

520.2.2013 11:20

"follow the money"

The government should take this to heart and think about using the same strategy in oh say... the drug war, the banking crisis, general corruption at every level...

Really why didn't they just start by looking at who makes the money from these illegal practices? Oh wait, piracy isn't about making money, it's about free trade of information. But then they seem to want to stop that just as badly.

620.2.2013 20:26

Originally posted by Qliphah:
"follow the money"

The government should take this to heart and think about using the same strategy in oh say... the drug war, the banking crisis, general corruption at every level...

That would be like a dog chasing its own tail. You wouldn't really expect the "government" to be following themselves would you?

721.2.2013 8:56

Who really uses Google to find pirated material anyway? Most people know where to look if they want to find that kind of stuff without having to use a search engine.

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