Google/ Youtube contributing to piracy or how far hypocrisy can go

“Under a new voluntary code, the tech giants have committed to demote websites that have repeatedly been served with copyright infringement notices, so that they do not appear on the first page for common searches”.

Did you know that there are dozens of websites that allow you to download videos and songs from Youtube? There are also particular apps designed to download directly the desired song in mp3 format directly from Youtube to your phone. And you don’t have to be a genius or some kind of hacker to do this.

Maybe this is not news to you and maybe even you are a loyal consumer of many more piracy websites and torrents than I have ever heard before. I am not here to judge. This is human nature; we will take everything that’s free, even if we don’t need it. And when the tools of piracy are so handy and easily given by our friend Google, it seems the right thing to do.

But hold on a second, doesn’t “YouTube’s holding company Google have the motto ‘Do The Right Thing’. According to the Telegraph’s article, Google has argued that search engines are not a major source of traffic to piracy websites. Their spokesman said: “Google has been an active partner for many years in the fight against piracy online. We remain committed to tackling this issue and look forward to further partnership with rights holders.” If this didn’t make you laugh, here is better one “Google has long argued that search engines are not a major source of traffic to piracy websites”.

Ok Google, we believe you. After all, so many people trust you for a good reason.

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Now, if you’re that kind of person that thinks that downloading one or two songs from the Internet wouldn’t harm anyone, especially the rich artists. Like some ACM’s music lover confessed: “They sure have a lot of money, I haven’t”. But there is the other side that you haven’t considered, when you download or stream from a pirate site, pirates profit from online ads or subscriptions. So while you are saving a few pounds, you are also effectively taking away an artist’s well-deserved gains and re-directing them into the coffers of pirates and criminals. This way your favorite band may struggle to earn a livelihood, loose essential income and confidence, and finally quit their work. Here are just a few examples in the Altpress article “No Money, No’ Problems: Why even successful bands struggle financially”

By using legal sites, you can stop being an accomplice to the organized crime and instead give back to the artists who often live on the margin to chase their dream and entertain you. Fans must be the artist’s partners by buying their music. If you don’t have the money to buy it, then you have other ways of listening to music, that at least pays something, and don’t just take their hard work.

 

Ari Tanya

 

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