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BPI Demands Google Ditch Links to Illegal Downloads

The trade body representing the UK music industry, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), has demanded that Google remove links to nine file-sharing websites containing illegal download links to thousands of songs.

In its complaint to Google, the BPI highlighted 38 links that are available via its search engine, directing users to copyrighted music owned by BPI members.

The links direct users to songs such as K'Naan's Wavin' Flag and Michael Bublé's Haven't Met You Yet hosted on websites like MegaUpload, UserShare and SendSpace.

The organisation also mentioned several search queries that led to websites that breached UK copyright laws.

The offending search queries include “dizzee rascal dirtee disco" and "k'naan wavin' flag download".

In a statement to tech news site CNet, BPI spokesman Adam Liversage said: “In most cases, Google takes down the links in question, following its own internal procedures.”