Google Snubs RIAA Order to Remove Music Downloading App from Market

by: Conan HughesNovember 15, 2011
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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)?

  • Alexander Maxham

    Doesn’t look like its been taken down to me, I can still access it in that market.

    • David VanHouse

      That was the whole point of this article…..

  • android underground

    Go after the uploader, don’t kill the messenger.

    If mp3 search tools/download apps are illegal you might as well ban all web browsers and search engines.

  • Juanjrodz10

    Musicians have to start thinking like google, everyone downloads “illegal” music these days, and no one is going to stop it, they have to think another way to make money than selling their music or add I just said, think google

  • Dodgeme

    Almost all apps can be used for good or bad so if you are going to ban it because it can be used for bad stuff then you have a full day ahead of you. Maybe even a full year banning everything that could be bad.

  • Syron

    “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)?” The Betamax case already decided this.