Google: Video Piracy Is Not Quite Child Porn

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) executives rejected the contention of Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel that the company can keep pirated content out of search results since it successfully blocks child porn. William Morris Endeavor co-chief executive Emanuel had said at the All Things Digital conference that companies such as Google, Verizon (NYSE:VZ), and AT&T (NYSE:T) needed to do more to police copyright violations.

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However, two Google senior vice presidents rejected the comparison, saying that child porn could be identified easily by people or algorithms, but finding out who held the copyright to a video program was much more complicated.

“I think he was misinformed,” Google’s Susan Wojcicki said at the conference along with colleague Sundar Pichai. “You see it, you know it’s child porn,” she said, while figuring out copyright ownership “is a complicated business.”

She added that the company spent an estimated $30 million, or 50,000 hours of development, on technology to help follow provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Wojcicki added that Google blocked web addresses for offending sites in response to requests within hours.

“We are pulling down more than a million URLs a month,” she said.

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