PRS for Music’s Member Anti-Piracy System (MAPS) has located 5 million infringing URLs and removed over 80 percent of reported links in year one.
Since its March 2016 launch, it has sent over 136,000 take down notices to websites linking to or illegally hosting PRS for Music repertoire.
The service has also forced 220 illegal websites to cease operating completely.
In addition, 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.
Delisting of pages helps to promote legitimate websites and music services by listing them higher up in Google’s search engine results. It also helps reduce the credibility that is given to infringing services by their appearing high on Google’s results pages.
MAPS forms part of PRS for Music’s continued fight against music piracy on behalf of its members.
Sharan Ghuman, Anti-Piracy unit manager, PRS for Music, said: ‘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. 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.’
Simon Bourn, head of Litigation, Enforcement and Anti-Piracy, PRS for Music, said: ‘We’ve been working hard to develop a range of effective measures to help tackle piracy. We continue to invest in new technologies and research with our industry partners to ensure we are ahead of the latest threats. As a licensing body, our first approach is always to take steps to work with new digital platforms, to find a mechanism to license rather than enforce. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.