Google Piracy

The row over whether Google should be doing more to demote piracy sites in its search results continues, including no let up in the amount of takedown requests being filed by British music industry body the BPI with Google’s search engine. Music Week reports that the BPI sent 1,000,305 notices for infringing links in the week of 18-25 March alone – a notable acceleration considering that in the first 17 months of its campaign it had secured 10m link removals from Google. No surprises for guessing that BPI boss Geoff Taylor is keeping up the pressure on Google. “We welcome Google’s cooperation in removing bad links, but we want them to go further and demote sites that run businesses built on illegal MP3s,” he says. “They have the information to do that from the millions of notices we send, and they promised last year to do it.”

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