RIAA: Google Refused to Remove MP3 Download App
The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) says Google has refused its requests to take down one of its apps from the Andriod store: MP3 Music Download Pro. The RIAA has said it is “clearly being used for illegal purposes,”. The request was sent to Google in August, 2011.
“We sent a takedown notice to Google in August for this particular app, 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 takedown procedures and hope that they will be improved.”
Meanwhile, Google has begun inviting reporters to what appears to be the launch of a licensed Google music store on Nov. 16. If industry reports are to be believed, Google has signed agreements with the four major record labels to offer licensed music via its store, similar to Apple’s iTunes Music Store.
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 that Google has published on the Market. Representatives at Universal Music, Warner Music, and Sony Music did not return calls seeking comment.