Google Wants Credit Card Companies to Clamp Down on Piracy Sites…

The details on this one are just emerging, but it looks something like this: according to a report coming from the Telegraph, Google is now pressuring Mastercard, Visa, Paypal and other credit card companies to cut pirate sites off completely, a step that would significantly choke profits to illegal destinations.  This also involves issuing banks, by default.

The details on this oxygen-starving move are somewhat thin at this stage, though a concerted action could be ahead.  “If Google goes ahead with the radical move, it would not mark the first time that illegal websites have been diminished or driven out of business by having a block put on their source of cash,” Telegraph journalist Katherine Rushton relayed.

“The idea of shutting off finance to more websites is already popular with many in the book publishing, music, film and television industries, who want to see tougher measures to control piracy.”

Already, a huge amount of skepticism surrounds these discussions.  Google has urged content owners to ‘follow the money’ and choke piracy at the roots, instead of pursuing time-intensive, expensive methods like DMCA takedown notices and pressuring legislators.  That sounds effective, but also extremely convenient for Google.  After all, pressuring credit cards and payment providers doesn’t involve DMCA takedown notices, search filtering, or any serious inspection of Google’s opaque advertising network.

More as it develops.

5 Responses

  1. Nice Guy Eddie

    Banks and creditors have always received money from anyone without asking too many questions. Why should they turn on pirate sites?

    Yes, it is always easier to have someone else do the dirty work but it may be that the creditors and their banking backers will do it because google carries a much bigger financial stick than the pirate sites and creditors combined.

  2. Visitor

    “Which then leads to the the highly-related question of whether Google is selectively playing God in this situation, and ignoring immediate (but profit-reducing) steps in its own backyard.”

    …such as removing Google’s artificial limit of 10K take-down notices per day per right holder:

    According to RIAA, it is impossible to successfully defend their rights because of that limit. This suggests that Google not only abuses but also violates the DMCA.

    So here’s what we need to know:

    Is that limit legitimate — or is it a violation of the DMCA?

    • Visitor

      Increased government control of fait currency driving demand for a cryptocurrency? Neal Stephenson must be precedent or something. It’s like Snow Crash is happening for real. I wonder what other parts of that book will come true soon, like world governments collapsing.