Labels and digital publishers
By Chris Cooke | Posted on Monday, September 5, 2022
Google has removed a number of feed mining websites from its UK search results, or so reports Torrentfreak. The web giant made the move following a contact from record label trade group BPI, who pointed out that the targeted sites were already subject to web blocking in the UK.
Stream mining – services that allow people to turn temporary streams into permanent downloads – have been one of the music industry’s biggest piracy issues for some time. Various lawsuits and threats of lawsuits have been launched against the operators of these services, while last year the BPI succeeded in obtaining web blocking injunctions against certain stream tearing configurations.
Web blocking, of course, is where copyright holders obtain injunctions ordering internet companies – usually internet service providers – to block their customers from accessing certain sites accused of facilitating the copyright infringement.
One of the limitations of web blocking is that even once a hacking service is blocked, it can be quite easy for people to find other ways to access those services with a simple Google search. . To that end, copyright owners have often called on Google to do more to ensure web blocking orders are enforced.
Google has traditionally been even more resistant than ISPs to the idea that it should be more proactive in limiting access to piracy sites, although it has on a few occasions voluntarily removed from its search engines sites subject to web blocking. in various countries.
According to Torrentfreak, the BPI and collecting society PPL recently asked Google to remove from its search engine the website blocking sites included in the website blocking injunction it obtained last year. . And Google apparently voluntarily complied with this request, but only in the UK.