A speech today by the UK’s secretary of state for culture, media and sport Jeremy Hunt is expected to up the pressure on Google to do even more to tackle piracy through its search engine. He’s giving a speech to the Royal Television Society’s Cambridge Convention, with the contents strategically leaked to the Financial Times in advance. “We do not allow certain products to be sold in the shops on the high street, nor do we allow shops to be set up purely to sell counterfeited products. Neither should we tolerate it online,” Hunt will say. “We intend to take measures to make it more and more difficult to access sites that deliberately facilitate infringement, misleading consumers and depriving creators of a fair reward for their creativity.” Google recently provided an update on its package of anti-piracy measures claiming “considerable progress” (Bulletin, 5-Sep-11), but rightsholders would like it to do more. Source: Financial Times

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