Tech sector, creative industry & UK government to work together against illegal downloads
Google and Microsoft have reached an agreement with the UK government and the creative industry to limit pirated films and music online. Previously, the film and music industry accused the two companies of ‘turning a blind eye to piracy’. With this agreement, Google and Microsoft commit to de-prioritising pirate sites so that they do not appear on the first page of search results. According to Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, ‘It is essential that [consumers] are presented with links to legitimate websites and services, not provided with links to pirate sites’.