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Google Seeks to Cut Funding for Pirating Sites

GoogleGoogle is in talks with top credit card firms Visa and Microsoft as well as PayPal to crack down on pirating sites by removing their sources of funding, according to a report. The search giant is in preliminary discussions for the plan, according to The Telegraph. The “radical move” would go after sites that offer links to pirated movies, music and books. If sites that are based offshore do not respond to legal challenges, then the companies would block payments from customers. A Google rep, however, said there was nothing new planned and cited a July 2012 blog post on the issue that called for fighting pirating sites by going after funding sources: “How best to combat this danger? Instead of imposing blocks or filters that might damage fundamental freedoms, governments should construct coalitions with reputable advertising networks, payment processors and rightsholders. Together, these coalitions can crack down and squeeze the financing behind online infringement.”

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Shelly Palmer is the host of NBC Universal’s Live Digital with Shelly Palmer, a weekly half-hour television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.