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Qwant Music is a dedicated search-engine for music

There’s already a couple of powerful search engines for music: they’re called Google and YouTube, and they’ve sparked the odd controversy, as Music Ally readers will know. But is there room for a *dedicated* music...
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Google ‘tightens standards’ on secondary-ticketing search ads

Google has implemented a new policy on secondary-ticketing websites, which will now have to ‘radically increase their transparency’ to be certified to book advertising on its platform. To be certified, secondary sites...
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Google tightens rules on ticket-reseller advertising

Google is updating its rules on how ticket-resellers can advertise on its search engine, with the changes due to take effect in January 2018. Secondary ticketing services globally will have to be certified with Google...
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Google questioned over highlighting ‘best torrent sites’

Oh Google… No sooner had we reported that Google was doing something music rightsholders would appreciate – preparing to automatically block many of the ads that fuel the businesses of piracy sites – than the company’s...
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‘Posts on Google’ feature expands in the US and Brazil

When the music industry has talked about what appears in Google’s search results, it has usually involved complaints about links to piracy sites. However, Google is expanding an initiative that could be much more positive...
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Google files its latest comments in DMCA review process

The US Copyright Office continues to take submissions from interested parties as it examines whether the safe harbours of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) need to be modernised. We reported on the latest comments...
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UK rightsholders reach piracy deal with search engines

As predicted last week, search-engine owners have reached an agreement with rightsholders on a new ‘voluntary code of practice’ in the UK to tackle links to copyright-infringing content on their services. “Creative...
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SNEP knocked back in push for piracy search filters

Search engines like Google and Bing will not be forced to automatically block results for searches with music artists and the term ‘torrent’.
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Google opposes ‘whole-site removal’ in anti-piracy efforts

Should Google remove piracy sites entirely from its search database, rather than simply downranking them when it receives too many successful takedown requests for individual pages and files on them? The company says not....
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British MP publishes report to government on how internet companies should clean up “search”

Mike Weatherley (Conservative MP for Hove and IP adviser to the PM) has published his 10-point proposal for how search engines can address piracy and IP infringement in their search offerings. He proposes that Google, as...
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Google will now show artists’ upcoming concerts in its search results

Google will now show artists' upcoming concerts in its search results
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Search engines hit back at rightsholder piracy demands in Russia

Russia is a fascinating market right now for the back-and-forth discussions about tackling piracy.