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BPI: ‘Google leads consumers into a murky underworld of unlicensed sites’

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Google has come under sustained pressure from music rightsholders in the last year about its search engine – and specifically about whether it should be doing more to downgrade or remove piracy sites from the results it serves up to users.

Today, British music body the BPI has gone on the attack again, having just sent its 50 millionth takedown notice to Google. That’s based on figures from Google’s own Transparency Report, which shows the BPI as the top reporting organisation, ahead of rights body Degban (47.7m takedown notices) and the RIAA (36m).

The BPI says that 47m of its takedowns have been sent in 2013 alone, and claims it’s now battering against the 250,000 daily limit that Google operates for such requests. BPI boss Geoff Taylor hasn’t ever been one to mince his words regarding Google, but his rhetoric today was notably stern:

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Stuart Dredge
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  • John Smith says:

    Surely the issue here is that google/the advertisers don’t care who clicks what and why, as long as the sites with the most clicks are monetized?
    These people don’t care, it’s that simple, if it sells, sell it, and it’s way easier to monetize something that people are already doing, that to say build a new market.
    Web 2.0 you suck, the moment it became more about money than communication, it was bound to go this way.
    Also when will people realise that somethings don’t make money very well, at least not in the instant please the shareholders way?

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