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Rock stars say Google is to blame for enabling piracy

Several rock legends, including Elton John, Robert Plant and Queen guitarist Brian May, sent a letter to the Telegraph on Tuesday accusing Google (GOOG) of enabling pirates to steal their music. The letter, which was also sent to British Prime Minister David Cameron, implored both the government and the private sector to do more to protect musicians’ intellectual property rights. The letter pointed the finger at search engines such as Google for being lax in blocking sites from search results that let users download copyrighted material for free, and said that the engines must “play their part in protecting consumers and creators from illegal sites.” Seeing so many high-profile musicians come out against online piracy must be intimidating to file-sharing sites, especially since the only musical champion they can definitively count as their own is Kim Dotcom.


Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.