Google targeted by BPI for linking to illegal downloads
Posted in: Online TV/Music at 22/06/2010 22:51
Britain's biggest recording industry association, the BPI, has sent a cease-and-desist order to Google, asking the search engine to take down links to nine "one-click hosting" sites, each of which hosts thousands of illegal songs.
The BPI's complaint cites 38 links "that are available via Google's search engine, and [requests these] links be removed as soon a possible as they directly link to sound recordings owned by [BPI] members". The links point to songs, ranging from K'Naan's Wavin' Flag to Michael Bublé's Haven't Met You Yet, plus tracks by Eminem and the cast of TV series Glee. While Google does not operate any of the infringing websites, search queries lead users to illegal downloads at sites such as MegaUpload, SendSpace and UserShare.
BPI asks Google to remove links to infringing music
UK record label industry body the BPI has sent a request to Google that asks the search giant to remove 36 links to pages that it says are providing access to music without copyright owners' permission.
The take-down notice under US copyright law the Digital Millennium Copyright Act asks that Google remove a list of pages from its search index that it says contain copyright-infringing material.