Studios Accuse Google of Benefiting from Piracy

A group of major media companies has accused Google Inc. of benefiting from the sale of pirated movies and providing business support to two Web sites suspected of offering access to illegal film downloads, the Wall Street Journal said on Monday.

The media companies, which the paper said include News Corp., Viacom Inc., Sony Corp., General Electric Co.’s NBC Universal, Time Warner Inc. and Walt Disney Co., allege that Google deliberately directed traffic to Web sites that were engaged in fostering piracy, the paper said, citing people familiar with the matter.

Google told the studios on Friday it would implement new procedures to prevent recurrences, the Journal said.,1759,2093951,00.asp?kc=EWRSS03129TX1K0000614

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