Rupert Murdoch SOPA attack rebuffed by Google

Posted on January 16, 2012

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Google has hit back at Rupert Murdoch after he branded the search giant a “piracy leader”.

The News Corporation chairman tweeted that Google “streams movies free” and “sells around them”.

In response, Google said that it fought pirates and counterfeiters “every day”.

Mr Murdoch was tweeting in response to the White House’s apparent opposition to some aspects of the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa).

If passed, the act would give content owners and the US government the power to request court orders to shut down websites associated with piracy.

A statement from the White House appeared to side with critics of both Sopa and Protect IP Act (Pipa) – a similar bill due to be put before the Senate.

In response to an anti-Sopa petition, the White House said online piracy needed a “serious legislative response” but that it must not “inhibit innovation”.

It added: “We will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global internet.”

The stance is likely to anger many companies who have publicly supported Sopa.

Among them is News Corporation. Mr Murdoch’s Twitter comments accused the Obama administration of bowing to “Silicon Valley paymasters”.

“Piracy leader is Google who streams movies free, sells around them. No wonder pouring millions into lobbying,” the 80-year-old wrote.

He was referring to Google’s indexing of sites offering illegal downloading of movies and other copyrighted content.

BBC

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