Music and Movie Industries Sound Alarm on Piracy

by Rachel Baker on September 19, 2013

The movie and music industries are saying illegal downloads are increasing and popular search engines are not doing enough to stop it.

…the industry’s top lobbyists returned to Capitol Hill this week to try to renew interest in online piracy, which has largely fallen off the public’s radar. They are distributing to sympathetic lawmakers their own research on what they say are the growing perils of piracy — some of which is contested by Internet activists — and telling Congress that Google and other search engines aren’t doing enough to redirect consumers away from known pirating sites.

The suggestion was that private talks between entertainment executives and Google on anti-piracy efforts had failed to produce a solution, prompting two lobbying giants — the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America — to make their case instead in news conferences and hearing rooms on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, while Google declined to comment.

http://www.bigstory.ap.org/article/influence-game-industry-sounds-alarm-piracy

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