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Google: don’t blame us G


DIGITAL n BY TOM PAKINKIS


oogle has hit back against fresh accusations that it isn’t doing its fair share in


the fight against piracy. The search giant was taken to


task once again last week with IFPI CEO Frances Moore accusing it of “directing internet users to illegal sources of music” and suggesting that it was failing to fulfill its promises to tackle piracy effectively. “In the last two-and-a-half


years, we have informed the world’s leading search engine more than 100 million times that it is supplying links to sites providing copyright-infringing music that pay nothing to artists, songwriters or record producers,” said Moore. “And this represents only a fraction of the infringing links supplied by Google.” The BPI sent its 50 millionth


takedown request to Google in November last year, having sent its first in June 2011. But Google has now


responded to Music Week, arguing that it “invests significant resources to fight copyright infringement”. “We have created state of the


art tools to help rights-holders protect their content,” said the company’s copyright public policy manager Simon Morrison. “We process more takedown notices - and process them faster - than any other search engine.”


“YouTube alone generates hundreds of millions of dollars for the content industry” SIMON MORRISON, GOOGLE


BPI chief executive Geoff


Taylor recently pointed the finger at the search engine, holding it responsible for leading consumers “into a murky underworld of unlicensed sites because it persistently ranks such sites above trusted legal


services when consumers search for music to download”. “Google knows full well, from


millions of notices and from court decisions, which sites are illegal,” said Taylor. “Yet it turns a blind eye to that information and chooses to keep on driving traffic and revenues to the online black market, ahead of legal retailers.” Google’s Morrison pointed to


his company’s efforts to monetise content for artists and rights- holders, claiming it funnels hundreds of millions of dollars back to the creative industries


SEARCH GIANT DEFENDS ITSELF AGAINST NEW CRITICISM FROM MUSIC INDUSTRY BODIES


every year. “We’ve invested $60 million in the development and operation of Content ID, YouTube’s industry-leading rights management tool, which scans over 400 years of video every day,” he said. “We partner with rights-


holders around the world to drive revenue. YouTube alone generates hundreds of millions of dollars a year for the content industry. We will continue to work with these partners to generate revenue and fight copyright-infringement.” In September last year, a


DCMS Select Committee added its voice to growing criticism of Google’s anti-piracy efforts. In a report covering a range of creative industries and potential areas of support, it “strongly condemned the failure of Google to provide an adequate response to creative industry requests to prevent its search engine directing consumers to copyright-infringing websites”.


Live Nation boss headlines Music Week event


Music Weekwill host a new premier networking event in London next month, featuring a live Q&A with two of the global music industry’s most powerful execs. In his only scheduled UK


visit this year, Live Nation Entertainment CEO Michael Rapino (pictured) will join the company’s EU president of concerts, John Reid, for a live on-stage interview at the Music Week Evening Sessions. The event will take place at


The Barbican, Silk Street on Thursday, February 27 from 6.30pm till late. Food, welcome drinks and live music will be laid on for delegates, while event partner UK Music will provide in-depth industry research for attendees to take home. Michael Rapino was recently


named the most important music executive in the world by the influential Lefsetz Letter. Since taking the top job at


Live Nation in 2005, he has led the transformation of the


company into the world’s biggest live music brand with operations in more than 40 countries and annual revenues exceeding


$5 billion. Live Nation counts gig promotion, ticketing, artist management and more under its umbrella. Former Warner Music Europe president John Reid is Live Nation’s EU concerts boss, taking ultimate responsibility for the company’s live music endeavours in the territory. He is also a former president of Island/Def Jam in the US. “Michael Rapino and John


Reid are huge achievers. We’re delighted they are joining us for our inaugural Evening Sessions


event,” said Music Week editor Tim Ingham. “I’m really looking forward to interviewing them on stage, and sharing a drink with some of the UK business’s finest afterwards.”


n Early bird tickets to the Music Week Evening Sessions are on sale until February 7 at the special introductory price of just £45 each. To book yours, contact: Sarah.Harris@intentmedia.co.uk or call 0207 354 6001.


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