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House subcommittee to question Google's role in piracy

updated 06:40 pm EDT, Wed March 30, 2011

Google accused of helping copyright infringement

Google has reportedly agreed to testify for a US House subcommittee investigation into copyright infringement. Groups representing companies involved in film, music and software production have accused the search giant of helping to provide funding to copyright violators through compensation for Google ads posted on sights with pirated content.

The company was criticized by members of a similar Senate committee for failing to send a representative to answer questions. Following threats of subpoenas, Google has committed to sending its general counsel, Kent Walker, to answer questions for members of the House, according to a CNET report.

Despite accusations of complacency with copyright violators, Google has highlighted its recent anti-piracy efforts. The company claims to have begun purging alleged copyright violators from its AdSense accounts, while the Autocomplete function includes fewer terms related to pirated content.

The House is expected to draft a new anti-piracy bill by the end of the year.




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