Posted by nasi
Sunday, 13 November 2011
Google Refused to Remove MP3 Download Technology
Google has refused requests to remove MP3 Music Download Pro, an extremely popular Android Technology app which allows users to download copyrighted music onto their phones, according to the RIAA.The app, which PC-Mag.com highlighted this technology.
Thursday, is now the fifth most popular free app on the Android Market, jumping past Google Books in a single day. Other free apps on the Market, such as Easy MP3 Downloader and MP3 Music Download Super technology, also advertise the ability to "search and download free music & lyrics from other forums.We sent a take down notice to Google in August for this particular technology, which is clearly being used for illegal purposes, and Google responded that they were declining to remove it from the Android Market," the RIAA spokeswoman said. "We continue to have concerns with Google's screening and take down procedures and hope that they will be improved technology.
It's unclear, however, whether all consumers would choose to purchase licensed music via Google's store, when they could freely (but illegally) download it via the MP3 downloader apps technology that Google has published on the Market. Representatives at Universal Music, Warner Music, and Sony Music did not return calls seeking comment.
PCMag.com also requested a comment from Google on Thursday and again on Friday on MP3 Music Download Pro and related apps technology. Although a Google spokeswoman acknowledged to receiving the request on Thursday, the company has not yet responded.
Industry sources indicated, however, that Google declined to take down the MP3 Music Download Pro app technology because the search giant apparently felt that the app could be used for legitimate purposes. Screenshots posted by the developer Yu Liu had shown the app being used to search for classical music, which may or may not be in the public domain, depending on the performer. On Friday, that screenshot with the search results was not there.