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#1 +Frank B.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 14:07

Google looks to cut funds to illegal sites
Google is in discussions with payment companies including Visa, Mastercard and PayPal to put illegal download websites out of existence by cutting off their funding.


The web search giant, which is embroiled in a long-running row over the way it deals with pirated material, is considering the radical measure so that it can get rid of the root cause instead of having to change its own search results.


Executives want to stop websites more or less dedicated to offering links to pirated films, music and books from making money out of the illegal material. The plans, still in discussion, would also block funding to websites that do not respond to legal challenges, for example because they are offshore.

If Google goes ahead with the radical move, it would not mark the first time that illegal websites have been diminished or driven out of business by having a block put on their source of cash.

In 2011, Visa, Mastercard and PayPal, cut off all donations to WikiLeaks, the controversial website headed by Julian Assange, which blew the lid on a string of government secrets by publishing classified information online.

The idea of shutting off finance to more websites is already popular with many in the book publishing, music, film and television industries, who want to see tougher measures to control piracy.

However, this is the first time Google has begun to embrace the idea so readily.


The Californian company is wary that the radical plan may have unintended consequences, for instance companies using it to stamp out the competition, but it is thrashing out details and could put it into action in the spring.

A Mastercard spokesman said: “Mastercard takes online safety and security seriously. We work closely with our part­ners to ensure the best possible experience when using elec­tronic payments.” Visa gave no comment. Pay-Pal did not return a request for comment.

Source: The Telegraph


#2 TheLegendOfMart

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 14:23

Slippery slope, a dangerous route to go down, first its illegal sites, what's next sites that Google/corporations dont agree with or direct competitors?

#3 firey

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 14:33

There ARE other payment methods. I know many sites are moving to bitcoins. I am pretty sure there will always be a way around it. Even if they setup private paypal accounts (multiple) and use some sort of random selection of which one shows on the site. Piracy will not go anywhere.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 14:41

I got the wrong end of the stick, I thought they were talking about adsense.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 02:20

Piracy is too widespread to stop completely, even for Google. All they can do is slow it down a little.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 02:47

actualy that the very reason i filtering out goolge ads.

i used only filtering ads only when they were intrusive to my browsing experiences,
and google ads are not known to be intrusive.

But, google did demands some of my favorite sites, to remove some of their contents, and no, that sites doesn't offer any movies or music, or any licensed material in that matter.

The sites complies to that demands, but since then they also start using non-google ads,
and I start filtering out google ads since then.



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