Why is a pirated MP3 of Taylor Swift’s latest manuscript located in Germany? Welcome to a latest trend in song piracy: Google Maps.
It didn’t take a talent to figure out that Taylor Swift’s latest manuscript would face increasing piracy. But it took an immorality talent to start stealing giveaway MP3s of a manuscript on Google Maps.
Accordingly, copies of a album, Reputation, are removing sparse opposite a practical globe.
Swift singular a recover of Reputation to CDs and downloads — during slightest for a initial week — thereby boosting direct for giveaway MP3s and unlawful streams. But Taylor’s group is positively combatting bootleg torrenting and other bandit channels, all of that is forcing pirates to get a bit some-more creative.
So here’s how this small mapping pretence works. The Google Map hide boosts a manuscript prominence within Google Search. All of that boosts prominence to a couple posted to Google Maps. Any questions?
In this case, a Google Map bit.ly couple goes to albumgrab.com, that offers a tranche of renouned albums and MP3s.
This sold couple has already been noticed some-more than 13,000 times, according to Google’s count. We’re not certain how many people have clicked a link, though clickthrough ratios are substantially high given a vigilant of users alighting on this page.
Albumgrab.com gets about a million pageviews a month, according to SimilarWeb.
This Google Map loophole will substantially be close down by a time we review this article. But until Google shuts down this loophole for good, Taylor’s tag will substantially be sealed in a resource-consuming diversion of cat-and-mouse.
But it’s not only Google Maps.
Earlier, we found Frank Ocean’s manuscript trading on Google Drive. The open share existed for days before a uploader got busted.
Speaking of which: it looks like Drive also presents a problem for Swift’s anti-piracy team. In fact, we found a video on YouTube indicating to Google Drive folder containing a zip for Reputation.
It’s all in a Google family!
Separately, pirated manuscript mp3s are oozing opposite a web, creation this problem unfit to contain. There was even a Twitter comment dedicated to indicating fans to pirated locations.
The Twitter trade control was close down for abuse this morning, though highlights a impassioned problems that artists face when attempting to shorten content.