Jeremy Hunt wants net firms to do more to prevent access to pirate sites
UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has delivered a hard-hitting speech, calling on net firms, advertisers and credit card companies to cut ties with websites that link to Unlawful Content.
In a speech to the Royal Television Society, he said he wanted to make it harder for such sites to prosper.
Ideally the government would like to see Google remove pirate sites from its search engine completely.
But Google's response suggested this was unlikely.
"Without a Court Order, any copyright owner can already use our removals process to inform us of copyright infringing content and have it removed from Google Search," the firm said in a statement.
It may not be enough for Mr Hunt, who appeared to be on an Anti-Piracy Crusade.
In his speech, he denied that blocking access to pirated content was an attack on Net Neutrality.