Google rumoured to be teaming with payment firms to target piracy

Coming under pressure

Google is reportedly working with payment giants VISAMastercard and PayPal to cut funding for websites accused of profiting from pirated content (according to StrategyEye). Google has come under increasing pressure to alter the way it deals with sites breaking copyright laws and hopes that a deal to prevent online payments to such sites would eliminate the root cause of the problem.

An agreement with the payment firms could mean that Google will not have to change its search results in order to target sites that do not respond to legal challenges. While the music, film, book and TV industries are keen for Google to combat piracy, the search giant has expressed concern that websites will use the policy to damage competitors through false accusations

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