London
14 March 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

MAPS fires broadside at piracy


PRS for Music’s Member Anti-Piracy System (MAPS) has located five million infringing URLs and removed more than 80 percent of reported links in the year since its launch.

MAPS was developed by PRS in partnership with the Publishers Association in March 2016, and allows users to request takedowns of their content from unlicensed online services and platforms.

According to PRS for Music, MAPS has sent more than 136,000 takedown requests and forced 220 illegal websites to cease operating.

The system also sends notices to Google, which then removes live links to infringing websites from its search pages. MAPS has had more than 275,000 live links delisted from search pages in the past year.

Sharan Ghuman, anti-piracy unit manager at PRS for Music, said the collection society is “proud to be able to tackle piracy on such a scale”.

Ghuman said: “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.”

PRS for Music currently represents the rights of more than 124,000 songwriters and composers, with more than 14.7 million songs registered in its database.

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