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RIAA says Google's updated ranking isn't working at reducing piracy

RIAA says Google's new method of ranking pirate sites hasn't affected the listings at all.

@tracehagan
Published Thu, Feb 21 2013 7:04 PM CST   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:14 PM CDT

Another week, another complaint about piracy from the Recording Industry Association of America. This time the RIAA is saying that Google is not making pirate sites harder to find in its search results. Six months ago, Google offered up a change to the way it ranks sites that could cause pirate sites to appear lower in rankings.

RIAA says Google's updated ranking isn't working at reducing piracy | TweakTown.com

Specifically, the company said: "Sites with high numbers of removal notices may appear lower in our results. This ranking change should help users find legitimate, quality sources of content more easily."

The RIAA say that finding pirate sites in Google's search results is just as easy as it ever has been. They issued a new report regarding the matter, in which they allege the following: "We have found no evidence that Google's policy has had a demonstrable impact on demoting sites with large amounts of piracy."

Google has responded to the report saying,

We have invested heavily in copyright tools for content owners and process takedown notices faster than ever. In the last month we received more than 14 million copyright removal requests for Google Search, quickly removing more than 97% from search results. In addition, Google's growing partnerships and distribution deals with the content industry benefit both creators and users, and generate hundreds of millions of dollars for the industry each year.

Have any of our readers noticed a difference in the way Google ranks pirate sites? Let us know in the comments!

NEWS SOURCE:allthingsd.com

Trace is a starving college student studying Computer Science. He has a love of the English language and an addiction for new technology and speculation. When he's not writing, studying, or going to class, he can be found on the soccer pitch, both playing and coaching, or on the mountain snowboarding.

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