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The Next Shoe Drops In Google v. Media Cos

By - February 12, 2007

From the WSJ (no public link):

A group of major media companies has accused Internet giant Google Inc. of benefiting from the sale of pirated movies and providing business support to two Web sites suspected of offering access to illegal film downloads, according to several people familiar with the matter.

The allegations are an embarrassment for Google, which assured the companies on Friday it would take measures to prevent a recurrence of the episode.

The flare-up comes amid what have been often-tense negotiations between Google and the big film and TV studios over the unauthorized use of copyrighted programming by YouTube, a free video Web site Google bought last year after the site quickly became a cultural phenomenon.

… On Friday, Google responded to the complaints by agreeing to implement a series of measures it believes will help thwart piracy. In an afternoon conference call with studio representatives, lawyers for Google said the company would remove certain ads the companies objected to, create a list of approved advertisers and refrain from selling keywords used by rogue sites to lure users to pirated material. In addition, the Google lawyers said the company would introduce internal guidelines on monitoring keywords and train its ad sales force about how to avoid selling such ads.

As I posted last week, the honeymoon is over. Seeking Alpha has more coverage here.

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2 thoughts on “The Next Shoe Drops In Google v. Media Cos

  1. guge says:

    google is showing its true colors. they have no qualms with piracy. they recently invested in xunlei, china’s leading piracy platform. if you want bootleg movies, software and tv shows from anywhere in the world, go to xunlei…

  2. O-OUCH…More GOOGLE Bad News:
    They just lost the Belgian copyright news content/ links case