RIAA acknowledges that Google has taken down apps at their request in the past, but feels that Google is slow to act, and that similar knock-off apps often pop back up in the market shortly afterward. At issue currently is an app named MP3 Music Download Pro. The app lets users search for lyrics and MP3s, download, and organize them on their phones.
RIAA says it requested that this app be taken down in August, but to date Google has not removed it. According to sources, Google has not removed MP3 Music Download Pro because it can be used for finding and downloading legal files as well.
What impact will this have on negotiations with the Music Labels? It’s not clear, as making legal music move easily available for purchase is one way to combat illegal downloads. It’s also not clear that there is any legal requirement for Google to remove an app when it has a valid legal purpose. Still, Google and other search companies have long been viewed with suspicion by owners of intellectual property, and this latest ruckus probably isn’t doing much to ease their concerns.
source: PC Magazine via Android Authority