RIAA slams Google as not doing enough to fight piracy

The trade group released a report card on Google says that the promise of the Web giant to degrade pirate sites “has not been met.”

This is not the first time and probably not the last time that the Recording Industry Association of America complain Google work to deal with copyright infringement and piracy.

The trade group released a report card (PDF) today saying that little has changed since Google pledged to fight piracy six months ago.

“We recognize and appreciate that Google has taken some positive steps to address links to illegal music on their network,” said RIAA executive vice president and general counsel Steven M. Marks in a statement. “Unfortunately, our initial analysis concludes that so far promise six months ago Google to demote pirate sites has not been met.”
Google describes new measures in August that were designed to penalize sites that generate many complaints from copyright owners. The company said it would lower the search ranking of sites that have received a large number of takedown notices disposal.

During the past two years, Google has continued to make concessions to the copyright owners, who have long demanded that measures be taken to prevent its search engine helps copyright infringement. However, the action you took in August was one of the measures against piracy largest the company has adopted.
Now, six months later, the RIAA is saying that Google’s move did not do much.

“Six months later, we found no evidence that Google’s policy has had a demonstrable impact on degraded sites with lots of piracy,” the RIAA wrote in his report card. “These sites always appear at the top of the Google search results for popular songs and artists.”

The RIAA released a similar report last year which also condemned Google for not doing enough to tackle piracy. The group also has been critical of Google’s transparency report, which the search giant released information on their removal of millions of URLs that contain copyrighted material. The RIAA has said that these figures are inflated.
“The popular music searches continue to yield results that emphasize illegal sites at the expense of legitimate services, they are often relegated to the back pages,” Marks said in his statement today. “And the autocomplete feature Google still leads users to many of those same illegal sites.”


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