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Google Now Censors The Pirate Bay, isoHunt, 4Shared and More
smithaa02




msg:4390745
 5:05 pm on Nov 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

[torrentfreak.com...]

Kind of disturbing that google is getting into the censorship game (well more so than in the past).

The article talks about how google is doing this for auto-complete and instant search, but you can still find these sites in the SERP's (although search referrals for these terms have tanked in google trends).

 

Hoople




msg:4391099
 7:22 pm on Nov 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

Google just ends up sending them to Bing as their censorship does nothing to fulfill the searcher's need.

The net result is less eyes on the Goolge SERPS that could click on the advertisements. Nice for stockholders :-)

wheel




msg:4391101
 7:31 pm on Nov 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

Note that they're not censoring the SERPS, just their autosuggest function won't autocomplete for some terms.

What's really bizarre is that I believe those torrent file sharing thingies are actually legal in many places - including in some westernized countries. (I think....).

And I have used torrents to download linux distro's - the only thing I've ever used torrents for. though I'm pretty sure that I didn't use pirate bay or anywhere like that when I did.

this measure is one of several that we have implemented to curb copyright infringement online

Who put Google in charge of curbing copyright infringement online? Isn't that the same company that was ripping people's copyrightten books and putting them online?

Why yes, wheel, yes it was the same company. We might even have a conversation about the similiarities of scanning people's books and putting them online, with ripping people's music and movies and putting them online. </rhetoric>

wheel




msg:4391103
 7:34 pm on Nov 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

Pirate bay should make the case that they're not actually infringing copyright, because their version is 'just a cache of the original'.

Anyway, I can see that I'm starting to froth at the mouth on this one, so I better get back to work.

onepointone




msg:4391143
 10:19 pm on Nov 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

piratebay ranks 3rd for 'the'.

Google+'ers love them ["4,058 people +1'd this"]

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