BPI complains to Google over music downloads
The BPI has sent a letter to Google asking the search giant to remove links to copyright protected songs.
Noting that 18 songs could be discovered for download via Google, the letter from the music rights group asked that the sites “be removed as soon as possible as they directly link to sound recordings owned by our members”.
The 18 songs – including tracks by Justin Bieber, Eminem and Lady Gaga – aren’t in any way hosted by Google, but live on sites such as MegaUpload and Usershare. The BPI’s argument follows a similar line of thinking to complaints by copyright owners against sites such as The Pirate Bay, which doesn’t host pirated content but makes it possible to find music and video files.
Google hasn’t yet responded to a request for comment, but BPI spokesman Adam Liversage told Cnet the search giant usually complies. “In most cases, Google takes down the links in question, following its own internal procedures,” he said.
Meanwhile, according to Reuters, United States officials plan to go after foreign websites that pirate American music and movies as part of a new national strategy to reduce intellectual property theft.
“This is theft, clear and simple, and needs to be punished,” vice president Joe Biden said in a meeting to discuss how to implement the new strategy.
The proposed clampdown comes on the same day as reports that Google is working on a music download site of its own.
The music service will be linked to its search engine, so anyone looking for information on a band will be shown where to buy songs via Google’s own store, according to un-named sources quoted in the Wall Street Journal.
The download service is expected to arrive later this year, but not for several months, while an Android-friendly subscription service will arrive next year, the sources said.