Brian May, Pete Townshend and Simon Cowell lead petition against Google piracy

Some of the biggest names in music call for a crackdown on illegal file-sharing
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Some of music’s biggest names, including Elton John and Lord Lloyd Webber, have joined the attack against search engines like Google, saying they help users get access to pirated music.

The musicians, lead by Queen’s Brian May, The Who’s Pete Townshend, have signed a letter to the Daily Telegraph, which will also be posted to David Cameron, calling for more action to stop illegal copying and distribution of music.

The BPI, the music industry body, has accused Google and other search engines of making it easy for internet users to find file-sharing websites. Google has denied supporting piracy, saying it removes millions of links a month.

Now British musical figures and producers such as Simon Cowell have signed the letter, which states that: “Search engines must play their part in protecting consumers and creators from illegal sites.” It also urges ministers to move more quickly to implement the 2010 Digital Economy Act.

Other musicians that have joined the petition include Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin and rappers Tinie Tempah and Professor Green.

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