Google to change search so deter access to pirated content

13 August 2012

Google PopeyeThere's going to be some changes 'round here according to Google. They're going to introduce changes to their search engine in the hope that it'll discourage you from getting anywhere near pirated content by placing legit copyrighted stuff higher in the results of your online queries.

Basically, they're tweaking their algorithms so that pirate material is shunted further down the search results, so it'll still be there, you're just going to have to fanny about a bit more to source it.

"We are optimistic that Google’s actions will help steer consumers to the myriad legitimate ways for them to access movies and TV shows online,” said Michael O’Leary, a senior executive vice president at the Motion Picture Association of America, in a statement.

Amit Singhal, Google’s head of engineering, says: "Since we re-booted our copyright removals over two years ago, we’ve been given much more data by copyright owners about infringing content online. In fact, we’re now receiving and processing more copyright removal notices every day than we did in all of 2009 - more than 4.3 million URLs in the last 30 days alone."

Start bookmarking your favourite streaming and torrent sites, now.

TOPICS:   Technology


  • Shaniaa
    Fuck off Motion Picture Association of America.
  • GuyInaTux
    So I should just go straight to page 10 upwards and start looking? Not exactly difficult
  • Mark W.
    4.3 million URLs in 30 days is 14000 per day. I wonder if the MPAA or whoever has a direct automated input into Google's search algorithm.
  • Zeddy
    "’re just going to have to fanny about a bit more.." Well, that's you lot set then.
  • Zleet
    Half of searches already come up with removed for copyright reasons in forty percent of results anyway.
  • Jeremy
    Why not use a different search engine then? Duckduckgo springs to mind....
  • Chewbacca
    Oh good.
  • samuri
    will have no effect
  • John
    There are so many free and LEGAL ways to get content online now, why participate in the stuff Google is trying to sink anyway? You know? Hulu, Spotify, Crackle . . . there are lots of free ways to get your media that are actually legal. What do you think?
  • Nikey H.
    yahoo search, bing, jives, list goes on!
  • Unknown
    Most of the crud "pirate" websites which appear have trash links or links to more links. Good riddance to bad rubbish I say. If you wish to go get this sort of content you will typically go directly to the site anyway.
  • dvdj10
    @John, not really recent though when it comes to movies. And who the hell uses google to search for pirated stuff?! You don't type it in to google, you just go to your site of choice...
  • sicknote
    Yes, I can see most pirates using Google to find their torrents. I don't, I use NZB'r'Us
  • bob
    Bring out a way for brits to access american tv at the same time as yanks then there would be no need for piracy....
  • FJ
    @bob Use a VPN to sign up to US Netflix or similar.

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