Google’s complicated relationship with the entertainment industries may not be helped by an interview given by co-founder Sergey Brin to The Guardian, in which he warns that by lobbying for anti-piracy legislation the entertainment industry is “shooting itself in the foot, or maybe worse than in the foot”. Brin suggests that rightsholders have failed to twig the real reasons piracy continues to be popular among their consumers. “I haven’t tried it for many years but when you go on a pirate website, you choose what you like; it downloads to the device of your choice and it will just work – and then when you have to jump through all these hoops [to buy legitimate content], the walls created are disincentives for people to buy.” Brin also criticises “very powerful forces that have lined up against the open internet on all sides and around the world” in the interview.

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