Why Is the Music Industry So Upset with Google

If you didn’t know, they’re really rather cross with Google.  The Guardian explains why:

Music industry bodies the IFPI and RIAA have renewed their attacks on Google, accusing the company of breaking its promise to downgrade piracy sites in its search rankings.IFPI chief executive Frances Moore and RIAA chairman and chief executive Cary Sherman have both published articles this week in a co-ordinated campaign, calling for Google to adopt a “five-point plan” to tackle online piracy.

It’s the latest in a series of skirmishes between the music industry and Google, even though the latter is also an increasingly strong partner for music labels and publishers through its YouTube and Google Play digital services. So why are the IFPI and RIAA so cross, is their anger justified, and how might this argument be resolved?

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.