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RIAA: Google Failing To Demote Pirate Websites 165

Nerval's Lobster writes "The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) claims that Google has failed in its attempt to lower the search-results rankings of so-called 'pirate' Websites. "We have found no evidence that Google's policy has had a demonstrable impact on demoting sites with large amounts of piracy," read the report's summary (PDF). 'These sites consistently appear at the top of Google's search results for popular songs or artists.' Last August, Google indicated that it would start lowering the search-result rankings of Websites with high numbers of 'valid' copyright removal notices. 'This ranking change should help users find legitimate, quality sources of content more easily—whether it's a song previewed on NPR's music website, a TV show on Hulu or new music streamed on Spotify,' Amit Singhal, Google's senior vice president of Engineering, wrote in a corporate blog posting at the time. Google, which receives millions of copyright removal notices every month, also offers a counter-notice tool for those who believe their Websites have been unfairly targeted for copyright violations."
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RIAA: Google Failing To Demote Pirate Websites

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  • by elashish14 ( 1302231 ) <profcalc4&gmail,com> on Thursday February 21, 2013 @11:47PM (#42975691)

    You don't seem to understand. What makes you think the RIAA has to obey the same laws as people?

    When you have legalized bribery in your federal government, these are the results you get.

    Even worse, that's what gives them power over everyone else in the world too.

  • Re:Good for Google (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Grishnakh ( 216268 ) on Friday February 22, 2013 @12:43AM (#42976039)

    Why not? Its not like I'm running Winblows. Pretty strange comment of yours considering the /. crowd mostly run Linux/BSD

    2000 called, and wants you back. This place is full of Apple zealots and Microsoft shills now. The Linux/BSD crowd has moved on.

  • Re:Good for Google (Score:0, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 22, 2013 @01:51AM (#42976423)

    Yes, that's it exactly.
    Or maybe the childish Microsoft hating piracy lovers just grew up.
    Or at least, most of them...

  • Re:Good for Google (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 22, 2013 @03:29AM (#42976821)

    That's the beauty of it though, we can use google search filters to defeat their measures. For example "-buy -store -review -preview -promo -viagra" trims out enough to make the potential "pirate" websites turn up on more than half the results.

  • Re:Good for Google (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 22, 2013 @03:55AM (#42976921)

    My role at Microsoft was to build relationships within the online advertising community by supporting & educating through the Microsoft Advertising Blog, evangelizing through social media.

    Mel Carson, Digital Marketing Evangelist at Microsoft, 2005-2012

    Slashdot web interest, 2005-2012. []

  • Re:Good for Google (Score:4, Interesting)

    by flyneye ( 84093 ) on Friday February 22, 2013 @08:01AM (#42978033) Homepage

    You mean like Itunes?
    I can do without Apples fucking software everytime I turn around. Who knows what creepy crawlies those scumbags put in it?
    Itunes = malware IMHO. If I wanted to be spied on, I would buy an Iphone.

    The Music industry is just dying and convulsing and emitting death rattles.
    Nothing to see here, music will not be harmed in any way. Just step aside and let it drop so musicians can thrive and prosper for a change. Free music & paid performance is the future of music. Music written for commission is the only feasible paid music writing without performance. The future holds a lot of promise for the musician and the listeners. Not so much for a contemptible criminal industry that highjacked a lot of money and lives for more than a century now. Bad business models won't live no matter how much legislation you pay for. Feels kinda like " Pepperland" after the Blue Meanies are dispersed.

  • Re:Good for Google (Score:4, Interesting)

    by flyneye ( 84093 ) on Friday February 22, 2013 @08:07AM (#42978059) Homepage

    Microsoft hating piracy lovers have a long history.
    Bill Gates built an old kit computer and made a punch card input operating system for it.
    He sold punchchards mail order to others who in turn made their friends punchcards for their hobby computers.
    Bill was livid and this whole thing took off even before he bought DOS , let alone Windows.
    This was the first shot fired in the war of intangible imaginary property rights as far as we're concerned.

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