- Google hides “The Pirate Bay”
- November 7, 2012
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Under a new initiative to distance itself from anything illegal on the internet, Google has updated its search engine to eliminate “The Pirate Bay” results from its auto-complete forms. This site has stood for many years as the Tortuga of the internet, providing what is probably the most comprehensive torrent database on the internet. The many attempts to shut this site down by authorities all over the world have all been unsuccessful over the last decade as it keeps moving to new domains on an on-going basis and changing ownership.
Google’s new measure will ensure that any permutation of the ‘pirate bay’ domains will not be automatically suggested unless the whole word is typed in. This is thought to be the first of several measures and restrictions Google will be applying to ensure that its services remain used within the parameters of internet laws existing throughout the world. Although the term will not be immediately suggested, the site will still remain indexed. It is expected that Google will be clamping down on more sites of this sort in due course in a variety of ways. Time will tell whether such measures will be effective enough to curb piracy.
In light of the heavy debate on intellectual property rights in recent years which came to a point due to the SOPA and ACTA controversies, this measure seems to indicate that companies are slowly starting to take cognisance of existing intellectual property laws so as to avoid any liability in this regard. Another service Google has hinted that it will be providing are DMCA reports for infringing material.