Google Inc. is promising to do a better job of weeding out copyright violations on the internet, the Associated Press reports. As part of a crackdown announced Thursday, the Internet search leader said it will respond to complaints about pirated material posted on its YouTube video site and other services within 24 hours. Google didn't specify what its average response time is now, but many copyright holders have griped in the past about the company taking too long to remove videos or other content posted illegally. Under federal laws, websites aren't held liable for hosting unauthorized copyright content, as long...

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