This is not the first time Google have been in the news recently. They were in the news last year, when they stated that their main philosophy was to crack down on torrent sites that infringe the original works. However, this year, this is a philosophy that is being challenged by the IFPI.
Google's answer to not being able to demote links, which may be affiliated with the torrent sites is, apparently down to an "availability and pricing problem". Google said that downloading music on the Internet can be too costly for some customers, with some websites offering a set price for there music and others allowing customers choose how much they pay for the product, and that music is often difficult to find.
This information was leaked by TorrentFreak who found out that Google sent a letter to the Australian Government requesting several companies thoughts on the reduction on the regulations around piracy. TorrentFreak say they would be "disappointed" if the government were to tighten the restrictions around piracy.
The letter in question stated “We believe there is significant, credible evidence emerging that online piracy is primarily an availability and pricing problem. We would encourage the government to promote new business models and a free marketplace for legal purchasing of content.”
It continues "We would be disappointed if the government decided to go down the route of overly harsh regulation to combat piracy without considering the evidence from around the world that this would likely be costly for businesses to implement and with little effect".
Apparently the letter was a malfunction linked to one of the robotics that Google has been buying recently. Perhaps Google should take a more proactive approach to protecting musician’s property rights.