Labels have been keen for Google to do more to relegate or block infringing links on its search engine for a while now. However, CNET has dug up a controversial aspect: Google may charge rightsholders for access to its API to find those links more quickly. In a letter sent to industry bodies, Google’s James Pond outlines three ways companies can access its API, but specifies one of those called Site Search. “The only option for the IFPI/RIAA to access our Web search API will be the third option. I understand we charge a standard rate of $5 per thousand queries, which is charged to recover our costs in providing this service.” Which could mean several million dollars a year for the music industry. Songwriters Guild of America president Rick Carnes is suitably unimpressed. “Google makes money on the advertising from these pirate sites. Now they want to make money helping creators find out how to take the stuff down…”

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