The RIAA and the BPI have issued their 200 millionth URL takedown request to Google. The RIAA has submitted 19,569 total requests and the BPI has made 295,730. These requests seek to remove pirated music content from the web.
The two record industry organizations for the U.S. and UK, respectively, have been pushing for the tech company to adopt stricter measures to prevent this type of music piracy. “The fact that BPI and RIAA have together removed 200 million illegal results from Google demonstrates just how much more needs to be done to clean up search,” a BPI representative told TorrentFreak. Google has made some changes to its algorithms on that front, but it has also countered that the entertainment industry should bear responsibility for better meeting the needs of its audience.
The connections between streaming music availability and piracy have long been contentious; we’ve been talking about it here at RAIN News since 2013. More recently, we’ve seen a thoughtful take on today’s piracy from Russ Krupnik at MusicWatch and some heartening news from Norway where piracy has nearly disappeared.