Wednesday, June 23, 2010

BPI sends a letter to Google

The BPI has served Google with a DCMA notice calling on them to drop links to what the music industry cartel are sites holding unlicensed copies of various songs. Including Scouting For Girls, which seems unlikely.

The DCMA notice seems to be a little confused between a webpage and a website - isn't a webpage, BPI - but there's another point here which suggests the BPI aren't getting it right.

We have identified the following links that are available via Google's
search engine, and request the following links be removed as soon as
possible as they directly link to sound recordings owned by our members.

So say the BPI. Except the sort of link they offer doesn't "directly link" - they're links like this one:
(don't worry, there's no music there any more) - which is a page which holds another link to the sound recordings. I know it's a small thing, but it does nothing to give the impression that the BPI have any idea what they're talking about.

There's one other thing: the songs have all vanished on the hosting sites - presumably as a result of either DCMA takedowns or the hosts intervening unilaterally. So what is to be gained by getting Google to take down the links? Wouldn't it be better for the record labels for searches for unlicensed files to return pages that just shrug and go 'not here', making it a frustrating experience for people trying to save a few pence?

Isn't forcing Google to drop links to pages which don't host the files any more making it easier to find dodgy versions of the songs? Is that really what the BPI want?