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RIAA Accuse Google of Slacking on Fighting Piracy

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Piracy may seem like old news now, however where digital music piracy fighting has been on the scene for years now, the voice of the record labels, and their affiliates, has grown stronger and stronger year-on-year. As a person who always purchases music and would never dream of searching Google to find free torrents and instant download links, I personally feel a need to support my industry and protect the artists I love. The bottom line is that they are artists so why should we deny them of payment for their services? You wouldn't just go into a shop and steal an CD, if we did that we would be branded as a criminal and, if caught, swift action would be taken.


Unless you are a seasoned pirate who knows the exact website that will relieve your quench of free music thirst, you will know that torrenting music, or any kind of digital file, is typically the action following an online search. With Google being the number one most used search engine, the RIAA appears to be armed with evidence as it accuses the corporation of not doing enough to tackle copyright infringement and piracy just six months after Google's promise to seriously address the issue. In a statement the RIAA has stated that "we recognise and appreciate that Google has undertaken some positive steps to address links to music on its network" but "unfortunately, our initial analysis concludes that so far Google's pledge six months ago to demote pirate sites remains unfulfilled".


So what was Google meant to do? According their actions in August 2012 they decided that they would take more action with regards to demoting piracy site links and perform a pro-active and fair role towards the copyright holders. With this being said, if they suddenly increased their piracy workforce then it is unlikely that the millions of site-links that are out there would immediately be removed. Whilst the RIAA has noted that Google has done some good out of its promise six months ago, it is likely that this latest statements purpose is simply to act as pressure. The industry will always want to keep a tight reign on search engines as piracy will always be an issue and they are right to issue such a statement. The Pro Audio Web Blog is totally in the RIAA's and BPI's favour for acting against piracy as in little more than ten years it has torn the industry apart.


Edd Harris

Piracy may seem like old news now, however where digital music piracy fighting has been on the scene for years now, the voice of the record labels, and their affiliates, has grown stronger and stronger year-on-year...

Edd Harris 22nd Febuary 2013

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