Story : http://www.billboard.com/articles/business/7727667/prs-for-musics-new-anti-pirac
One year after launching, PRS for Music’s Anti-Piracy System (MAPS) is striking a blow for artists and rights holders.
In the past 12 months, the U.K. collection society claims to have located 5 million infringing URLS and removed over 80 percent of reported links, as well as sending over 136,000 take down notices to websites linking to or hosting PRS for Music repertoire illegally.
PRS’ Member Anti-Piracy System, which enables users to track and request take downs of unlicensed material and was developed in association with the Publishers Association, has also forced 220 illegal websites to close and seen more than 275,000 live links de-listed from Google’s search pages.
According to the latest data from the U.K.’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO), an estimated 78 million music tracks were accessed illegally online in just the United Kingdom over a three month period (dating from March to May 2016). That number was, however, down from the corresponding period in 2015 when IPO reported 96 million tracks being illegally accessed online.