News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch accused Google of releasing pirated materials, according to CNET News. The accusations were communicated with the help of Murdoch’s Twitter page on Saturday night, but Google denied Murdoch’ piracy allegations on Monday morning.
Google was not the only organization accused by the News Corp. Chairman. Based on the information provided on his Twitter account, Murdoch also considers the President Barack Obama is in the employ of “Silicon Valley paymasters”. Without providing any valid arguments in support of his allegations, Murdoch continued by saying that Google was profiting from advertisements sold against pirated materials.
Google immediately took act of Murdoch’s accusations and responded to him with the help of an email. The spokeswoman of the IT company described Murdoch’s declarations as “nonsense”. She continued by proving the chairman that Google is dedicated to the fight against piracy. As a matter of fact, the company has removed 5 million infringing Web pages from their search results and invested $60 million in the fight against bad ads.
Although Google clearly stated that the company does not support piracy, Murdoch insisted on presenting further arguments in favor of his supposition. He wrote on his Twitter page that a simple search of “Mission Impossible” on Google shows a list of websites that offer free links to the movie. “I rest my case,” added the News Corp. Chairman.
Murdoch’s Twitter tirade started as soon as the White House raised concerns in relation to the antipiracy legislation debated in Congress. News Corp. is one of the media companies that back up the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act. According to them, this legislation is necessary in order to prevent overseas websites that cannot be sanctioned by U.S. copyright laws from sharing pirated materials.
Google and other important companies in the industry have stated that the proposed legislation threatens the individuals’ rights. According to them, the two bills are not in compliance with people’s rights to free speech; therefore, it is important to find a better way to fight piracy. These statements have determined SOPA and PIPA supporters like Murdoch to accuse Google of promoting pirated sites.