RIAA says Google’s attempts to fight piracy in search results are ineffective


Six months after Google announced that it would demote accused pirate sites in the company’s search rankings, the top music-recording companies say those sites remain as easy to find as ever on Google.

In August, Google announced that it would tweak its search rankings to try to lower the profile of sites accused by copyright owners of trafficking in unauthorized copies of music, movies and other intellectual property. “This ranking change should help users find legitimate, quality sources of content more easily,” wrote Amit Singhal, Google’s senior vice president of engineering, in a blog post on August 10th.

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