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Google and Bing Accused by Lobbyist Groups of Directing Users to Illegal Copies of Music

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by Erica Thinesen
, 27 Jan 2012News

A coalition of entertainment industry groups has complained to the government that Google and other search engines have "overwhelmingly" redirected music listeners to various illegal copies of copyrighted online tracks.

According to a confidential document obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, lobbying groups operating for leading rights holders are claiming that Google's Search engine and Microsoft's Bing has been making it "much more difficult" for users to get legal movies and music online.

The private and confidential document has requested the government to set up a voluntary body capable of removing rogue websites appear in web search results.

In the document, the rights holders stated that, "Consumers rely on search engines to find and access entertainment content and they play a vital role in the UK digital economy."

"At present, consumers searching for digital copies of copyright entertainment content are directed overwhelmingly to illegal sites and services," as published in Scribd.

Google's spokesman stated that the web search giant is very serious about the fight against online piracy and that last year, the company removed more than five million copyright infringing items from its search results. In fact, they will keep on working in close partnership with the rights holders to fight piracy.

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