Musicians accuse Google of enabling piracy

Music industry artists and personnel address the issue of search engines leading to the way to pirate sources

By - July 25, 2012

A number of big names in the music industry have addressed a letter to British Prime Minister, David Cameron regarding to state of piracy in the UK.

The letter – which includes Elton John, Robert Plant and Simon Cowell as signatories, among others – points out that search engines, ISPs and inline advertisers “play their part in protecting consumers and creators from illegal sites.”

The intention of the letter is to implement the Digital Economy Act of 2010 – an anti-piracy legislation passed two years ago.

Recently, a French court ordered Google to delete “torrent” from the autocomplete list, after a French music group complained that the web company was promoting piracy.

Here is the letter in its entirety:

“Sir — As the world’s focus turns to the UK this summer, there is an opportunity to stimulate growth in sectors where the UK has a competitive edge. Our creative industries represent one such sector, which creates jobs at twice the speed of the rest of the economy.

Britain’s share of the global music market is higher than ever with UK artists, led by Adele, breaking through to global stardom. As a digitally advanced nation whose language is spoken around the world, the UK is well positioned to increase its exports in the digital age. Competition in the creative sector is in talent and innovation, not labour costs or raw materials.

We can realise this potential only if we have a strong domestic copyright framework, so that UK creative industries can earn a fair return on their huge investments creating original content. Illegal activity online must be pushed to the margins. This will benefit consumers, giving confidence they are buying safely online from legal websites.

The simplest way to ensure this would be to implement swiftly the long overdue measures in the Digital Economy Act 2010; and to ensure broadband providers, search engines and online advertisers play their part in protecting consumers and creators from illegal sites.

We are proud of our cultural heritage and believe that we and our sector can play a much bigger role in supporting UK growth. To continue to create world beating creative content, we need a little bit of help from our friends.

Yours sincerely,

Simon Cowell
Roger Daltrey CBE
Professor Green
Sir Elton John CBE
The Lord Lloyd Webber
Dr Brian May CBE
Robert Plant
Roger Taylor
Tinie Tempah
Pete Townshend
Katie Melua”

Source: Cnet

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