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BPI calls for Google to remove illegal download links

Music body lobbies search engine over dodgy downloads

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) is calling for Google to remove links to nine "one-click hosting" sites that allow web users to illegally download thousands of copyright songs.

In a complaint from the music industry trade body that was emailed to the search engine, the BPI highlights 38 search results that "directly link to sound recordings owned by [BPI] members". Tracks from Eminem, Michael Buble and the cast of Glee are among those available through the links.

MegaUpload, SendSpace and UserShare were among the nine sites in question.

The BPI also highlighted that when web users enter certain phrases containing artists and titles, Google displays a number of sites where the track can be illegally downloaded within the first few pages of results.

"In most cases, Google takes down the links in question, following its own internal procedures," BPI spokesman Adam Liversage told Cnet.

However there is no word from Google as to whether it plans to remove the links.

See also: Ofcom: Court order needed to disclose illegal downloaders' details


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