Rupert Murdoch calls Google "piracy leader"; supports SOPA

Rupert Murdoch, the head of News Corporation, is a man who clearly likes to speak his mind, and that's what he has been doing for the past few weeks after launching his own Twitter page. This weekend Murdoch has been slamming Google for what he calls its piracy issues.

In one Twitter post, Murdoch said, "Piracy leader is Google who streams movies free, sells advts around them. No wonder pouring millions into lobbying." Murdoch is likely referring to Google-owned YouTube which certainly does have a lot of copyrighted material that has been uploaded by its users. In another post, Murdoch states, "Just been to google search for mission impossible. Wow, several sites offering free links. I rest my case."

However, Murdoch isn't completely against Google. In yet another post he said, "Understand more than all allege! Google great company doing many exciting things. Only one complaint, and it's important." In another post he states, "Sure misunderstand many things, but not plain stealing. Incidentally google blocks many other undesirable things."

Murdoch also made a reference to the Stop Online Piracy Act on his Twitter page this weekend, specifically a post on the White House web page that feels SOPA does not work as currently written. Murdoch states, "So Obama has thrown in his lot with Silicon Valley paymasters who threaten all software creators with piracy, plain thievery."

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SOPA support is enough for me to put effort into boycotting anything related to him (phone hacking wasn't, I'll get flamed but INVESTIGATIVE journalism is, I feel important.).

Other than Sky what services am I never touching again?

Derges said,
SOPA support is enough for me to put effort into boycotting anything related to him (phone hacking wasn't, I'll get flamed but INVESTIGATIVE journalism is, I feel important.).

Other than Sky what services am I never touching again?

FOX tv programs, 20th century fox films, Sky, AOL (I think he has a stake in that) so that would also include Engadget. Ummmm there are many more but I don't want to give any more of my time talking about a douchebag like Rupert Murdoch.

The sad part is probably that he's not even talking about Google's web cache, that do indeed cache copyrighted material. But stuff like "my god, it's finding torrent files". It's not copyright infringement even if you find a full length film.

this is the same guy who hated google because it "stole his content" when it indexed news corps papers and news sites without his permission... *rolls eyes* this was before the "news" section of google existed

In 1998/9, news crap, started up the UK Dial up ISP, currantbun.com. I wonder how many of Murdoch's users were allowed to pirate music with napster, via using his ISP service.. Hmm?

I'm pretty sure the install disc had a tool bar for searching the internet (as well as the homepage) that allowed you to find napster and other related illegal content directly linked to from their own search results!

So I guess the real question should be.... what came first, Murdoch's pirate links on his ISP homepage/tool bar powered search results or google's indexing of the interwebs and buy out of youtube? Contratulations Murdoch, you win!

Sheesh!

Just from the quotes from him in the story, he sounds like a complete moron, or are there that many typo's in that story? Him and the story make next to no sense.

Google doesn't mean to be a piracy leader anyway, they are just a search engine that crawls the web and most of the time if you search for an illegal thing, it's going to give it to you. When you also search for something 'great' like PIPA and SOPA it also gives you information about the proposed bill as well as anything else in the world that is legal. I don't think it's Google's fault at all. I mean filtering out search results --censorship. They should just understand that the Internet is for everyone and it's the only bloody place on the world that promotes free speech.

Question: If SOPA or PIPA pass... could a higher up go against it saying it was breaking the constituion like the supreme court?

Enron said,
I don't support Murdoch, but Google is a piracy leader... just not in the way he's claiming.

I'd love to know how they are... I mean duh!.. My country's postoffice then must be the Theivery leader cause they print all the towns and cities maps showing criminals how to get to their target cmon!

I dislike piracy but if I have to choose: fight against piracy by giving up online freedom to companies then choice is obvious.

But Murdoch is hilarious:
- He's in favor of SOPA that violates most countries constitutional laws giving law powers to the companies
- He's companies are known for violating privacy laws ('News Of The World' paper breaking into private email boxes etc)

So I say: MURDOCH is the EVIL that we fight against here, he's just not voting against piracy but to be able to break more laws for his companies.

My words to Mr M: 'Shut Up!' - after all bad News Of The World has done you have no right to speak in those matters!

+1 good sir, +1.

And people thought I was sociopath for lauding the bloke that pied him @ the Parliamentary hearing. :\

Douchebag deserved that, and loads more.

Murdock states, "Just been to google search for mission impossible. Wow, several sites offering free links. I rest my case."
Facedesk.
Murdock does not have a clue how the the web works or what a search engine is. I rest my case.

Wolfbane said,
Murdock states, "Just been to google search for mission impossible. Wow, several sites offering free links. I rest my case."
Facedesk.
Murdock does not have a clue how the the web works or what a search engine is. I rest my case.

I think his point was that google keeps from other 'illegal' content from being brought up on a search, but isn't able to compile an algorithm to alleviate searches that bring up potential pirated data.

While I see his point, I don't think it would be in the best interest of the company (google)

SaltLife said,

I think his point was that google keeps from other 'illegal' content from being brought up on a search, but isn't able to compile an algorithm to alleviate searches that bring up potential pirated data.

While I see his point, I don't think it would be in the best interest of the company (google)

What exactly do they block? I don't know of anything that Google actually blocks (maybe CP?), they just warn users against going to dangerous sites. Rupert Murdoch doesn't have a clue about this, he was just making unfounded assumptions and attacks on a company because it doesn't hold the same views as him.
Besides, why should Google block search terms which may bring up pirated data, when they will also be inadvertently blocking non-piracy / legal search results and hurting legitimate websites? Of course, this is what SOPA supporters want - a whitelisted internet.

Edited by Wolfbane, Jan 16 2012, 12:54am :

end of the day, Google's search results are calculated by complex algorithms to determine page ranking, it's not like Google went "You know what would be awesome? Putting Piracy on the front page for EVERY search result!"

If it's on the front page it's because it's getting loads of hits, or clever advertising.

I did the search myself, on the front page, I got the following.

missionimpossible.com (obviously the official site of the SAGA)
IMDB
IMDB
Wikipedia
Wikipedia
You Tube tailer for M.I.
You Tube Theme to M.I.
Rotten Tomatoes
tv.com.au
mi.warovers.com.au
Google Image searches
News articles discussing M.I.

1 or 2 of these things, perhaps the THEME might be copywrighted, and should be removed from YT legally, but i'm willing to bet, that under the laws of SOPA, the wikipedia pages, IMDB pages, rotten tomatoes pages, hell even maybe the news articles on Mission impossible, could be removed, due to have images from a copywrighted film.

This would be bad news for everybody if this could happen

Lexcyn said,
Obviously he has no clue what a search engine is.

Rupert Murdoch is so out of touch with technology it's not even funny. Despite his status and wealth, he's a dinosaur of a long forgotten age. As long as the internet has been around, Murdoch has been vocally against even it's existance because it poses a threat to his business model, so of course he's a SOPA supporter.

People should basically take Rupert Murdoch's opinion as reverse psychology. Whatever he thinks is right, people should think the opposite.

Brian Miller said,

He probably hate Google because he couldn't hack in to their voicemail.

I think he was able to hack into their voicemails, and broadcasting the info he got from there.