Google China partner in piracy claim

A Google partner in China has come under fire for allegedly encouraging piracy, the Motion Picture Association (MPA) said over the weekend.

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A Google partner in China has come under fire for allegedly encouraging piracy, the Motion Picture Association (MPA) said over the weekend.

"We have been watching [Shenzhen Xunlei Networking Technologies] for some time and have observed that, like many file sharing networks/enablers in China, the content available through them includes copyright-infringing versions of Motion Picture Association member company films," said Mike Ellis, MPA senior vice president and regional director, Asia Pacific.

Earlier this month, Google announced a partnership with Shenzhen Xunlei Networking Technologies, which claims to be China's largest software download engine, for use of the Google search engine and for co-marketing and product cooperation. The two companies did not release financial details of the agreement.

Ellis hopes that Google will encourage Xunlei to respect intellectual property rights. "It is our hope that Google will influence its partner in a manner appropriate to a company with the stated philosophy of 'You can make money without doing evil,'" he said. "From our perspective, copyright theft falls under 'evil.'"

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