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Los Angeles Times: MPAA report says Google, other search engines a major gateway to piracy

Rep. Schiff discusses legislation to regulate online piracy with Richard Verrier of the LA Times:

A study released by the Motion Picture Assn. of America is taking aim at Google, alleging the Internet giant and other search engines are making it too easy for consumers to find pirated content online -- even when they're not looking for it.

The survey found that 74% of consumers surveyed cited using a search engine as a navigational tool the first time they arrived at a site with infringing content, even when the consumer was not looking for pirated movies or TV shows.

The MPAA research echoes another study released this week that found the amount of bandwidth used for copyright infringement in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region has grown nearly 160% from 2010 to 2012, accounting for 24% of total Internet bandwidth. That study produced NetNames, the British brand protection firm, and was commissioned by NCBUniversal, which is a member of the MPAA.

Dodd joined Reps. Howard Coble (R-N.C.), Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park) on Capitol Hill to release the results of the study.

“For years, I have been making the case that responsible players in the Internet ecosystem – from payment processors to advertisers to ISPs – have a responsibility and a self-interest to take voluntary, good-faith steps against rampant online piracy,” Schiff said.  “This study shows that there is much more that search engines must do when it comes to pointing consumers towards legal outlets."

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