Google’s stance on music piracy is really hard to determine these days. Just recently, the search giant denied the request of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to take down MP3 Music Download Pro from the Android Market. The music organization accuses the Android app of encouraging piracy through mobile devices.
According to a report on Technorati, The RIAA sent the takedown notice in August, but to date, Google has still refused to take action. The latter argues that the app can be used to download legal files despite RIAA allegation that it is “clearly being used for illegal purposes.”
Other download apps with similar functionality, such as MP3 Music Download Super and Easy MP3 Downloader, are still available and can be installed via the Android Market. Google’s defiance of removing these apps contradicts its past decision when it previously removed Music Junk, Music Zilla, etc., from the Android Market.
Despite the previous removal of apps for illegal downloading, the RIAA complained that Google does not stop new apps from taking over their banished sister apps. In September, the RIAA stated that “too often we see the same or substantially similar apps from the same developers reappear a few days later.”
Google’s questionable decision may not impress the music industry and could be detrimental to the search giant as it works on agreements with major record labels for its upcoming Music Store.
What do you think would be a more proper course of action for apps that can be deemed double-edged (i.e., can be used for both legal and illegal activities)?