The recording industry's massive sense of entitlement continues to spread. The latest is that PRS for Music, the organization that once sought license fees for playing music to horses
in a stable, has suggested that Google start putting "traffic lights" in its search results
, with red lights being used to indicate sites that the industry accuses of supporting copyright infringement. You can see what they think it should look like here:
They say that, in the UK, this would meet the Digital Economy Act's requirement for "consumer education." Of course, one would hope that consumers were "educated" enough to know that just because someone accuses you of copyright infringement, it doesn't mean that you're guilty.
The whole system is modeled on Google's current practice of warning people about potential security
problems with sites. Of course, that involves something that can be much more easily confirmed. In the meantime, I imagine that Google -- who spends a ridiculous amount of time and effort to test any UI changes to its search results -- is probably horrified by that graphic above.