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Pete Townshend of The Who and Brian May of Queen today lead a group of rock and pop stars in a public attack on internet search engines like Google for helping users get access to pirate copies of their music.
Search engines must “play their part in protecting consumers and creators from illegal sites,” the signatories say, adding that broadband companies and online advertisers must also do more to prevent piracy.
The stars’ letter points out that the London Olympics will put new global attention on Britain’s creative industries, and argues that the country is well-placed to increase its exports from the music industry.
It is copyright holders who benefit, and they should try to make an honest case for why the benefits outweigh the costs.
any other worker in the world gets bent out of shape if they aren't compensated accordingly for their work
Your website designer doesn't get a royalty every time someone visits the site.
Your surgeon doesn't get rake in a supplementary commission every time your heart beats.
It is copyright holders who benefit, and they should try to make an honest case
"Sorry, Graeme, you only get half the salary this month because some pirates raided the office last night and nicked some of the money"
Trying to sue Google here is like suing the Yellow Pages because they had the address to a music store where the music was stolen.
Declining music revenue has mostly to do with the transition from CD albums to digital singles. CD albums used to account for 90-95% of the industry's revenue base, but people (well, Apple and other digital stores) figured out a way to stop consumers from getting ripped off when they're forced to buy an entire album when all they want is a song, and the industry's revenue has been declining ever since.
Piracy has contributed to the decline, but I would say in the grand scheme of things, it's actually quite insignificant.
The only way we can fight with this situation is to introduce stringent regulations for ISPs and Search Engines. For an ISP it's very easy to detect people downloading illegal music. Simply report them to the police and deal done.
Similarly, for the search engines, simply drop the pirate sites from your index. It's easy!