Yesterday, US industry body the RIAA attacked Google for its ‘unfulfilled’ promises to downgrade piracy sites in its search rankings – you’ll hopefully have seen our Music Ally Alert in the afternoon on that score. Google has now responded to the criticism in a short statement sent to All Things Digital. “We have invested heavily in copyright tools for content owners and process takedown notices faster than ever,” claims Google. “In the last month we received more than 14 million copyright removal requests for Google Search, quickly removing more than 97% from search results. In addition, Google’s growing partnerships and distribution deals with the content industry benefit both creators and users, and generate hundreds of millions of dollars for the industry each year.” This argument will run and run, though – what rightsholders see as a broken promise risks poisoning Google’s relations with the industry all over again.

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