Music industry wants to ban sharing sites on Google searches

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, the Association of the Recording Industry of America (IFPI and RIAA, respectively, in the acronym in English) and musical interest groups are studying the possibility of filing a lawsuit against Google to prevent links to websites of file sharing are found in users’ search results.

According to Digital Trends, information about the lawsuit against Google would have leaked from an internal IFPI document and made public by websites Handelszeitung and TorrentFreak. Even with a strong partnership over the past year with the search giant, organizations believe the company has not done enough to prevent traffic from pirated or illegal file sites, like The Pirate Bay, for example.

The IFPI and RIAA legal teams continue to negotiate with Google “to obtain better cooperation in several areas”. In response, Google has provided these institutions with a special search tool that allows them to mark addresses that allegedly violate their contract policies.

Between August and December 2011, the IFPI claimed to have found a total of 460,000 infringing links, including blogs from the Blogger network. In addition, hundreds of these blogs would have been disabled at the request of the IFPI.

Although Google cooperated, the IFPI requires more action to curb piracy. One of them is to classify the official websites of record companies as higher and more relevant than those dedicated to copyright infringement.

The record industry has been pushing this decision over the past few months. US law recently required Google and other search engines to remove links from their search results, suspected of violating the copyright of these companies. With the extinction of the SPA, RIAA and IFPI launched last month a Voluntary Code of Conduct to search engines, asking them to do this (remove pirated addresses from the search engine) willingly.

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