Oh snap. Shit could get very real if this report found by Torrent Freak ends up being taken to the next level. They located a document by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) that addresses how pirated cotent appears in Google search results. Among other things, the organization believes that the web giant doesn’t do enough when it comes to prevent users from finding said pirated content, particularly music.
Here’s the damning portion of the document:
“Google continues to fail to prioritize legal music sites over illegal sites in search results, claiming that its algorithm for search results is based on the relevance of sites to consumers. With a view to addressing this failure, IFPI obtained a highly confidential and preliminary legal opinion in July 2011 on the possibility of bringing a competition law complaint against Google for abuse of its dominant position, given the distortion of the market for legitimate online music that is likely to result from Google’s prioritizing of illegal sites.”
As Gizmodo reports, the IFPI is basically accusing “Google of antitrust practices by failing to censor its search results.” What could this mean for Google and the music industry if this indeed goes forward? Or is this just a scare tactic? We’ll see, I guess.