Google criticised by record labels for failing to tackle illegal downloading

Search engine giant's promises about dealing with file-sharing 'remain unfulfilled', says recording body

Google has been criticised by record labels for not doing enough to tackle illegal downloading.

A report by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has accused the search engine giant of making money from file-sharing, says the BBC, and also insists that they needed to work to ensure they weren’t abused as a “vehicle for piracy”.

The IFPI say that Google has a “special responsibility” to protect copyrighted music and claimed that the promises they had made about stopping infringements “remained unfulfilled”. It also said that the company was making financial gain from “sites and applications that engage in piracy”.


Although the IFPI admitted that Google had taken some “modest steps” in dealing with the problem, it is asking the search engine company to take stronger action such as prioritising search results which will send people to legal music services rather than illegal downloads.

The IFPI said:

Google also needs to do more to ensure that it does not derive revenue from illegal activity and supports the digital marketplace in which it itself is a participant.

However, Google refused to comment on the report and insisted it was a “press stunt”.

Last month, Google launched their long-awaited Google Music Store with a number of exclusives from artists such as The Rolling Stones and Coldplay. The service, which offers a mixture of streaming, downloads and social media, syncing users’ entire music library across their devices, is now available in the US but there is no word on when it will be opened in the UK.


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