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Google shifts stance, fighting privacy by highlighting legal websites

Under pressure by copyright groups, Google is promoting legal alternatives to websites that host pirated content
By: Michael Hatamoto | Internet & Websites News | Posted: Oct 21, 2014 9:30 pm

Google is shaking things up a bit overseas, as the company tries to help copyright groups defend against Internet piracy. Instead of prominently linking to websites that allow users to download copyrighted content illegally, Google will display legal services, including Google Play, Spotify, and other alternatives. Legal sites will float to the top and illegal content will be displayed lower in the results.




Of course, Google is requiring legal services to pay for advertising so they appear at the top of search results - and the BPI trade group doesn't think companies should have to pay.


"There should be no cost when it comes to serving consumers with results for legal services," a Google spokesperson told the BBC. "Instead we have urged Google to use the machine-readable data on the Music Matters website, which lists all services licensed in the UK, and to promote these legal services above illegal sites and results in their search, using appropriate weighting applied fairly and equally across services."


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