Torrent Freak website has said that the artist Kanye West’s new album The Life of Pablo has already been illegally downloaded for over half a million times.
It further said that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) had filed nearly 20 takedown requests to Google for websites illegally hosting the material, but to no avail.
West had released The Life of Pablo on Jay-Z’s music streaming service Tidal two days ago.
However, the track has become one of the top downloads not on Tidal but on The Pirate Bay.
This despite the fact that the artist made it clear on twitter stating how his material will only be available on the Tidal and nowhere else.
He said, “My album will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale… You can only get it on Tidal.”
My album will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale… You can only get it on Tidal.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 15, 2016
According to the BBC, the RIAA chief executive Cary Sherman has already expressed his anguish over the process of approaching Google being increasingly ineffective.
“While the system worked when isolated incidents of infringement occurred on largely static web pages – as was the case when the [US copyright] law was passed in 1998 – it is largely useless in the current world where illegal links that are taken down reappear instantaneously,” he said.
Ernesto from Torrent Freak told the British broadcaster, “The level of piracy of The Life of Pablo is unusual. Generally we don’t track music releases closely, so I’m not calling any records. However, I haven’t seen numbers this high before for a music release – not with Adele either.”