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    Google has published its annual list of most popular searches for 2014, revealing the biggest news stories and trends that have captured the public's interest in the past year.

    A leaked presentation by two movie studios shows that the industry seems concerned that Google's high-speed Internet service, Google Fiber, will lead to more Internet piracy.

    The presentation reported billion-dollar losses because of a huge piracy surge, according to TorrentFreak. Google Fiber offers cities high-speed connections at a low price, often surpassing local Internet providers.

    However, the 2012 presentation conducted for Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures Entertainment, surveyed 2,000 people aged 13 to 54 in Google Fiber's pilot program in Kansas City. The respondents were asked about their media consumption and piracy, and identified 31 percent of the survey as "pirates". 

    About a third of the pirates said they would download more with high-speed Internet, while another 25 percent said they may start downloading pirated content if they had Google Fiber. The presentation also suggests losses of $1 billion a year, an increase of almost 60 percent from now.

    In essence, the two movie studios have posed Google Fiber as a piracy threat, which may explain much of the Motion Picture Association of America's animosity towards Google and its attempts at reviving the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). It seems the studios didn't really look at the other information in the presentation, including that 39 percent would use more streaming subscriptions and 34 percent would rent or purchase online video.
    The MPAA has decided the Internet is an enemy rather than a colleague. There will always be piracy, but the vast majority of people are not illegally downloading material. Google and high-speed Internet are easy scapegoats for the industry, but perhaps the industry should also concentrate on making better quality films rather than formulaic and derivative dreck.