Google is in talks with top credit card firms Visa and Microsoft as well as PayPal to crack down on pirating sites by removing their sources of funding, according to a report. The search giant is in preliminary discussions for the plan, according to The Telegraph. The “radical move” would go after sites that offer links to pirated movies, music and books. If sites that are based offshore do not respond to legal challenges, then the companies would block payments from customers. A Google rep, however, said there was nothing new planned and cited a July 2012 blog post on the issue that called for fighting pirating sites by going after funding sources: “How best to combat this danger? Instead of imposing blocks or filters that might damage fundamental freedoms, governments should construct coalitions with reputable advertising networks, payment processors and rightsholders. Together, these coalitions can crack down and squeeze the financing behind online infringement.”
Google Seeks to Cut Funding for Pirating Sites
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).