This Week In Piracy


While it may lack the SOPA/PIPA protests from this past January, the second week in August may prove to be an even more monumental period in the history of music piracy.

Arguably the story to break this week was Google’s formal announcement on Friday regarding websites that allegedly enable copyright infringement. “Starting next week, we will begin taking into account a new signal in our rankings: the number of valid copyright removal notices we receive for any given site,” said Amrit Singhal, SVP of Engineering at Google. “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 ” whether it’s a song previewed on NPR’s music website, a TV show on Hulu or new music streamed from Spotify.”