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Google Attacks Govt for “Rushing” Site Block Expansion

Google has attacked the Morrison Government over its plans to expand Web-site blocking laws in order to fight online piracy as “rushed” and pointless.

In a submission to a Senate committee examining the proposed laws – which were put forward in mid-October and have Labor’s support – Google’s US headquarters have blasted the proposal as an unsubstantiated claim.

“Google is concerned the bill is being rushed forward despite no substantive evidence that the current legislation is deficient,” said Derek Slater, Google’s public policy and government relations manager.

The Government claims stronger powers are needed to stop proxies or mirrors of piracy sites being set up to circumvent blocking orders issued by the Federal Court.

Canberra reportedly also wants a formal requirement for search engines to demote or remove search results for infringing sites.

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