American recording industry association known as the RIAA has forced Google to take down 25 million URL listings which happen to be pirate links. This was after copyright owners protested regarding the illegal downloading of their movies, music and software from Google’s pages.
The RIAA seems to have reached a benchmark in its efforts to prevent piracy. Removal of links from Google’s pages has been on the increase. From 20 million URLs it went to 25 million in a month and a half. However, the Indian company, Degban takes the prize in matters of takedown request fulfillment. Meanwhile, after Degban and the RIAA at number three is another music industry group called the BPI which has requested 24.3 million takedowns. According to TorrentFreak, the RIAA has sent many DMCA notices to Google which are now having an effect. The issue of copyright infringement has plagued the music industry from day one. Serious issues cropped up with sites such as Napster in the beginning.
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They took a while to resolve. Part of the problem lies in the lack of accountability and license of freedom on the Internet. Currently the RIAA is only three million requests behind the world’s largest anti-piracy group which happens to be India’s Degban. According to Brad Buckles, the Executive Vice President of RIAA, what they are doing resembles the use of a bucket to slowly get rid of an ocean of illegal downloading that was going on. It was a losing game. Yet it is the effort that counts in the end.
The major reason behind the failure to cope with this torrent of unlawful activities is that basically only the links themselves are removed. A link may be copied in a matter of seconds in an online environment. The result is a host of proxy sites that multiply in conjunction with the originally deleted one. Google happens to be a global leader in search engines. It fulfills the information and entertainment needs of the world’s progressive population. Yet a lot of hanky-panky also takes place among its billions and billions of web pages. Everything from fraud and misinformation to blackmail and piracy occur in the structure of the search engine’s complex date nexus.
The actual crux of the matter is that the very freedom that made the Internet possible also has proven to be its worst nemesis. A lot of rubbish and trash gets mixed and shuffled in between the solid gold nuggets and timeless wisdom of the human race on the Net. This is paradoxically the World Wide Web’s greatest strength and weakness.