Google’s Anti-Piracy Measures Not Enough, Recording Industry Says

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By Kelly Burke for Intellectual Property Watch

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today in a report [pdf] accused Google of not doing enough to stop internet users from accessing websites that have been repeatedly accused of copyright infringement. The criticism comes six months after Google announced a change in its search algorithms that sought to penalise websites with high numbers of removal notices.

“We have found no evidence that Google’s policy has had a demonstrable impact on demoting sites with large amounts of piracy,” the report said. “These sites consistently appear at the top of Google’s search results for popular songs or artists … whatever Google has done to its search algorithms to change the ranking of infringing sites, it doesn’t appear to be working.”

For the analysis, RIAA performed music searches for ‘[artist] [track] mp3′ and ‘[artist] [track] download’ over a period of several weeks in December. According to the report, the RIAA claims that the “serial infringers” sites that it analysed “still managed to appear on page one of the search results over 98 percent of the time in the searches conducted.”

Sites covered in the report include 4shared, Audiko, BeeMP3,, MP3Chief, MP3Juices, MP3Skull and Zippyshare, among others.

RIAA also argued that not only did the  sites often appear on the first page of search results, but the lack of progress by Google is making it more difficult to find “well-known, authorized download sites, such as iTunes, Amazon and eMusic,” which, “only appeared in the top ten results for a little more than half of the searches.”

The full report card from RIAA is available here [pdf].


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  1. says

    No matter how far back Google bends to satisfy these copyright vulturs, it will never be far enough. They want total control over production and distribution, they want it all, the health of the Internet be damned. But they’ll eventually die off like the dinosaurs they are. The file-sharing mentality, what they call piracy, is too ingrained in the younger generation mindset. It’s a wave they can’t stop.

  2. says

    And, seriously, think about this: Google is a SEARCH ENGINE, not a tool for the benefit of the RIAA. If I’m looking for “Artist X download”, Google will send me to the most popular or frequently visited sites displaying “Artist X download”. That sites like iTunes or Amazon don’t show up at the top, well, tough luck. It tells me that their business model is not up to par, and them trying to bend Google’s algorithm to their benefit is an insult to internauts.


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