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Thursday, June 7, 2012

RIAA Unsatisfied with Google’s Anti-Piracy Measures

Last week the RIAA accused Google of failing to do its best to stop online users from accessing infringing sites. In fact, the accusations were the same as last year.

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The search giant recently released a Transparency Report, listing and recounting the received requests from the rights owners to take down links leading to infringing material. Representatives of the Recording Industry Association of America claimed that the search engine released a “misleading” report, which lacked transparency. According to the latest report from the search engine, Google received 1,255,402 URL removal requests within the past month, most of them coming from Microsoft or its representatives.

Within the last year, Microsoft and its agents have asked the search giant to delete over million URLs, which is around 48,700 URLs per week. The same did the NBC Universal, which also asked Google to take down around 1 million URLs. The RIAA itself has only sent 400,000 removal requests.

The company claimed that it managed to comply with 97% of those takedown requests at an average response time of up to 10 hours. The report of the search engine was surprisingly praised by the EFF, which usually criticizes its privacy record.

Still, the RIAA claims that the report is very misleading. It said that the number of queries Google allows is miniscule, particularly when you consider that the search engine handles over 3 billion searches daily. In other words, it accuses Google of denying requests to remove the barrier to detecting the infringements by putting a limit on URL removal requests. Moreover, the RIAA claimed Google didn’t act on preventing the quick creation of new links to illegal content. The outfit points at a site containing over 300 unauthorized copies of the same song, which is still available through Google, despite numerous RIAA takedown notices.

Meanwhile, Google’s representatives say that the search engine doesn’t impose limits of the DMCA requests like the RIAA claimed. They pointed out that the company has some technical safeguards in their trusted partner program, in which submitters are allowed to use automated mechanisms to send large volumes, serving as a safeguard against accidental flooding of the system. Finally, a Google source claimed that the complaints of the music industry were a bit odd, because Microsoft managed to put 10 times more takedown requests than the RIAA.

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