The Recording Industry Association of America
(RIAA) is showing no signs of slowing down when it comes to wiping the web of links that participate in or encourage piracy
. Just the opposite, the RIAA is ramping up its efforts and has now surpassed 50 million pirate link takedown requests issued to Google
, up from 25 million less than a year ago.
On average, the RIAA requests that more than 321,000 URLs be taken down from Google's search results per week. Almost two million of those requests were related to FilesTube, a search engine that happily serves up links to illegal video downloads. The site now operates under a new domain name, a point that underscores RIAA's frustration with the takedown process.
"All those links to infringing music files that were automatically repopulated by each pirate site after today’s takedown will be re-indexed and appear in search results tomorrow,” RIAA CEO Cary Sherman said previously, according to TorrentFreak
. Every day we have to send new notices to take down the very same links to illegal content we took down the day before. It's like 'Groundhog Day' for takedowns.'
What's interesting is that the number of takedown requests is rapidly rising even though unlimited music and video services like Spotify and Netflix increase in popularity. Nevertheless, the RIAA is aggressively focused on ridding the web of pirate links.