First, the music biz went after individual file-sharers. Then it was hosting sites. Now, it’s Google, who indexes those hosting sites.
Instead of pouring their resources into emerging technology that could breathe new life into their struggling sector, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is weighing up legal action against Google for not doing enough to prevent the dissemination of pirated music. In fact, the IFPI is so desperate to squeeze some cash from Google, they’ve pursued a unique—maybe even brilliant—angle: anti-trust litigation. Since Google is the dominant search engine, the IFPI states that the company may have distorted “the market for legitimate online music.”