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Tory MP John Whittingdale 'unimpressed by Google's continued failure to stop directing consumers to illegal, copyright infringing material'
Google will be criticised by MPs for making "derisory" attempts to curb music and film piracy and using its "perceived power and influence" at the heart of David Cameron's government to shore up its position.
The Commons culture, media and sport select committee accused the search engine of offering the thinnest of excuses to avoid taking action against widespread piracy, a problem that the committee claimed is costing the creative industries millions of pounds in lost revenue a year.
Tory MP John Whittingdale, the chairman of the committee, said his fellow MPs were "unimpressed by Google's continued failure to stop directing consumers to illegal, copyright infringing material on the flimsy excuse that some of the sites may also host some legal content. The continuing promotion of illegal content through search engines is simply unacceptable, »
- Josh Halliday
Despite praising Queen star turn in London 2012 opening ceremony, Oscar-winning director is all republican
The Queen should be replaced by an elected head of state, with Jk Rowling a natural contender for the post, says Danny Boyle, architect of the Olympics opening ceremony which gave the monarch one of her most memorable starring roles.
Boyle makes the suggestion in a Guardian interview where he reveals the debt he owes to both the controversial former Downing Street adviser Steve Hilton and the ill-fated Millennium Dome, tells how he was rejected by Elvis Costello as well as David Bowie and discloses how he came to cast the Queen alongside James Bond.
The Oscar-winning director, who won near-universal plaudits for the London 2012 opening ceremony, comes out as a republican, one who believes Britain will abolish the monarchy in his lifetime. Of the royal family, he says: "I think the pressure on them is utterly impossible, »
- JK Rowling, Jonathan Freedland
He's the republican who got the Queen to turn Bond girl, the avowed leftwinger the Tories chose to open the London Olympics, the Oscar-winning director determined to remain an 'equal citizen': meet the ultimate idealist
Last month, the BBC's head of drama, Ben Stephenson, addressed a meeting of writers, commissioners and producers. One key passage could be distilled into two words: Danny Boyle. Stephenson told his audience he wanted them to seek inspiration from the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, which, he said, had scale and brilliance and, above all, had succeeded not in spite of its Britishness but because of its Britishness, delighting viewers here and around the world by rooting itself in the authentic stories and spirit of these islands.
Stephenson hardly needed to elaborate. Boyle's Isles Of Wonder spectacular – with its rising chimneys, its fiery, forged Olympic rings, its bouncing children on NHS beds and its »
- Jonathan Freedland
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