Rock Stars Say Google Supports Music Piracy

Google and other search engines might be hit with new regulations from European legislators. In a letter sent to British Prime Minister David Cameron, rock stars say Google and other search engines support music piracy.

It’s the Pirate Bay debate all over again. Most regulators thought Pirate Bay was the peak of illegal download of copyright data, but surprise, surprise. Users have found other ways to get free content to preview before buying. Rock stars accuse Google and others search engines of enabling music piracy.

The UK newspaper the Telegraph received the letter sent to PM David Cameron too. 11 of the biggest rock stars signed the letter asking regulators to force search engines, as well as Internet providers and the online advertisers to “play their part in protecting consumers and creators from illegal sites”.

The letter signed by rock stars Elton John, Robert Plant and Pete Townshend reads the UK has a lot to gain from stopping music piracy. With the Olympic Games about to start and a music industry holding for the first time a higher share of the global market, the UK would very much benefit from increasing “its exports in the digital age”.

Simon Cowell, Lord Lloyd Webber and Katie Melua among a total of 11 rock star statue celebrities throw their official support for the signing of the Digital Economy Act 2010. The antipiracy legislation was passed by the UK government two years ago, but the measures were not too hastily implemented.

But taking it on search engines like Google and accusing them of enabling music piracy is a little bit too much. It might very well come off as a desperate act and might just throw off users looking forward to listen to these multi-billion rock stars’ music.

Long before the Pirate Bay controversy, Google has been removing links to file sharing sites. Now, Google claims it removes millions of such links each month. It’s pretty farfetched to say Google is enabling and helping users to find sites that allow and thrive on music piracy.

On top of everything, it’s hard not to notice the rock stars signing the letter complaining about music piracy impacting their revenues are a bit outdated. Maybe it’s time to come up with something new, if money is that much of an issue.

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