The RIAA‘s VP of communications Cara Duckworth Weiblinger has published a blog post calling on Google to do more to boot infringing websites out of its search results. She cites data from the IFPI’s recent Digital Music Report 2012 showing that a large proportion of first-page search results for the top five artists in the Billboard chart were for infringing sites rather than legal services. Weiblinger calls for “greater responsibility of search engines like Google in playing a more proactive role to address digital copyright theft by de-prioritising illicit sites”. She continues: “Given its dominance in the search market, it should be unacceptable that Google’s search results prioritize illegal sites – those which we’ve flagged for Google via multiple notices covering hundreds of thousands of infringements – before legal ones, and for them to brazenly refuse to do anything about it.”

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