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posted by LaminatorX on Friday March 14 2014, @01:35PM   Printer-friendly
from the blather-rinse-repeat dept.

Fluffeh writes:

"In a written statement to a House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on the DMCA takedown system, RIAA CEO Cary Sherman informed lawmakers about the ongoing struggle against online piracy. 'All those links to infringing music files that were automatically repopulated by each pirate site after today's takedown will be re-indexed and appear in search results tomorrow. Every day we have to send new notices to take down the very same links to illegal content we took down the day before. It's like Groundhog Day for takedowns,' Sherman says.

Google, however, clearly disagrees with the RIAA, Katherine Oyama, Google's Senior Copyright Policy Counsel said 'The best way to battle piracy is with better, more convenient, legitimate alternatives to piracy, as services ranging from Netflix to Spotify to iTunes have demonstrated. The right combination of price, convenience, and inventory will do far more to reduce piracy than enforcement can.'"

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 15 2014, @03:26AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 15 2014, @03:26AM (#16735)

    Missing something?

    Marketing == RIAA / Youtube
    Appearance of being the music everybody else is listening to (popularity) == RIAA / Youtube

    Look at the porn industry. There are now several sites anyone can visit to get free decent porn with enough variety to keep you going for ages. On a page with tantalising links to much better porn at cheap rates. It works. While doing tech support for a small site the numbers are staggering. Yes, lots of people leech from the free site and hey lots of people go to the paid sites. Win / Win. Come on RIAA, here is your business model - it works!

    if Google said they could absolutely guarantee compliance by stripping out all references to RIAA-signed music from their search results, and did so for a couple months so people could find other sources for music and go directly to the artists they were interested in, would that finally relegate the RIAA to second-class status?

    In this day and age they probably would see a loss in sales as the younguns fail to find the music of the week