By Kate Tummarello - 09/18/13 08:43 PM EDT
Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) defended Google, noting that it has taken steps to curb online piracy by demoting pages that receive takedown notices for copyright infringement.
Sherman acknowledged that Google has taken positive steps, but said at “six months, a year later, we’ve seen basically no difference whatsoever” because the pirated sites remain high in search results.
Lawmakers could encourage voluntary agreements by threatening legislation, Sherman said.
“Hopefully it won’t be necessary, but it does help,” he said.
Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) said he is not optimistic that voluntary agreements alone can solve the problem of online piracy. Congress might have to get involved, he said.