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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

PRS for Music announces anti-piracy successes

11:03, 14th March 2017

PRS for Music is celebrating the first birthday of its Member Anti-Piracy System (MAPS), which allows music creators to remove their repertoire from unlicensed online services and platforms.

Since March 2016, MAPS has located five million infringing URLs and removed over 80% of reported links, as well as sending over 136,000 take down notices to websites linking to or hosting PRS for Music repertoire illegally. It has also forced 220 illegal websites to cease operating completely.

MAPS notifies Google when it comes across illegal sites hosting PRS for Music repertoire and as a result has had more than 275,000 live links delisted from Google’s search pages. This helps to promote legitimate websites and music services by listing them higher up in Google’s search engine results.

‘We are proud to be able to tackle piracy on such scale, as well as empower our members to take action to protect their own repertoire,’ said Sharan Ghuman, anti-piracy unit manager at PRS for Music. ‘Given the constantly changing face of piracy, some consumers do not even know that they are accessing illegal services online. This is why education is also key. Music creators can also help in the fight against piracy by educating their fans about where to consume their content safely and legitimately.’

‘We’ve been working hard to develop a range of effective measures to help tackle piracy,’ said Simon Bourn, head of litigation, enforcement and anti-piracy at PRS for Music. ‘We continue to invest in new technologies and research with our industry partners to ensure we are ahead of the latest threats. As the digital landscape evolves, it is our mission to ensure that those who mandate us with their rights are always paid fairly for the use of their work, today and in the future.’

All PRS for Music members can request access to MAPS to track the infringement of their repertoire online by emailing maps@prsformusic.com.

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