The International Federation of Phonographic Industries, IFPI, has delivered a report on how Google is performing in its pledge to stop illegal file-sharing. Not very well, is the summary. Not very well at all.
The main complaint: Google has persistently resisted requests by the music industry to prioritise sites with authorised content over unauthorised sites. Even more damningly: Google continues to both (i) receive financial benefits from sites and applications that engage in piracy and (ii) place artificial road blocks in rights holders’ efforts to protect their content online.
Basically, the music industry is accusing Google of encouraging organised crime on a vast scale and sharing its profits. I wonder how it will back that forthright assessment with action in the new year.
Read the whole report here.