Are search engines really to blame for facilitating pirated movies and other media? The debate began anew this morning with data generated by piracydata.org, a new website from the Mercatus Center, which points a finger at content distributors for not giving fans legal online options.
Search engines, especially Google, are likely to feel the heat later today when a House subcommittee holds a hearing reviewing the voluntary efforts by the Internet ecosystem to combat Internet piracy.
Despite the best efforts of Internet service providers, advertisers and ad networks to stop copyright infringement on the Internet, piracy is still a runaway train.
Google is going all-out to change any perception that it is soft on copyright infringement. In a new 25-page report released Tuesday, Google took great pains to describe its anti-piracy solutions and provide statistics quantifying its results.