Recently, News Corporation’s Robert Thomson made waves with a letter to the EC’s competition commissioner accusing Google of being a “platform for piracy”. It sparked a reply from the company claiming that it “has done more than almost any other company to help tackle online piracy”. Now James Murdoch – son of Rupert and currently in a senior position at 21st Century Fox – has weighed in during a speech at the MIPCOM conference. “There’s no question that they can do more. A lot more. Certainly Google’s not right in saying they’re doing more than anyone. That just isn’t true,” he said. “The problem with Google … Actually, let’s not personalise this. The problem with search-driven discovery, if the content is there and it’s illegal and you’re just selling clicks as a big ad network, you have every incentive for that illegal programming to be there. That’s fundamentally not really good enough.” Murdoch called for governments and regulators to give media and creative industries more support over piracy, including “for those who enable infringement to be held accountable”. An extra detail for Music Ally readers: later in his speech, Murdoch also gave his verdict on News Corp’s Myspace acquisition: “a total write-off and a disaster”.

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