Microsoft Claims Google 'Bolsters' Piracy

by admin March 7, 2007 at 8:54 am

NEW YORK — Microsoft copyright attorney Thomas Rubin accused rival Google of profiting handsomely from online theft, the latest arrow slung between two software giants struggling to corner online markets.

Rubin, who made his accusation in an address to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) here today, said that Google employees “actively encouraged advertisers” to build ad programs around key words referring to pirated software, music and movies illegal copies of digital content.

“These actions bolstered Web sites dedicated to piracy and reportedly netted Google around $800,000 in advertising revenues from just four such pirate sites,” Rubin said

“These are not the actions of a company that has the interests of copyright owners as one of its priorities,” he added.

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