Google removes ‘blocked’ pirate websites from UK search outcomes * TorrentFreak


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In current months, Google has eliminated all search outcomes from well-liked pirate web site domains in a number of nations. The major search engines voluntarily deindexed these websites after being knowledgeable of the native ISP blocking order. Removing has now reached the UK as effectively, however curiously, The Pirate Bay has been ignored by rights holders.

A number of weeks in the past we seen that Google had eliminated a number of well-liked pirate websites from its search outcomes.

It began with The Pirate Bay within the Netherlands. The controversial torrent web site and lots of of its mirrors and proxies had been deindexed by Google following a discover despatched by native anti-piracy group BREIN.

BREIN knowledgeable the search engine that native Web suppliers had been ordered to dam the area and requested Google to observe swimsuit. Whereas the search engine had beforehand rejected the notion of full area elimination, it selected to conform.

We have reached out to Google for a touch upon the matter, however the firm has not responded. Nonetheless, Brin advised us that the search engine’s cooperative stance is smart as a result of given the present ISP precedent in courtroom, it’s more likely to lose the authorized battle on the matter.

After we revealed our findings, we seen that Google had obtained comparable elimination requests from different nations, together with France, Brazil and Norway. Once more, the flagged pirate web site area was quietly faraway from search leads to these nations.

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On the time, we additionally obtained a request from Wiggins LLP, a UK-based regulation agency that works for a number of Hollywood studios. The discover included copies of greater than a dozen ISP blocking orders. These weren’t processed on the time, however once we checked once more this week, the domains had been certainly gone.

The courtroom orders – a few of that are greater than a decade outdated – goal greater than 100 websites. Nonetheless, only some dozen are listed within the discover in query, equivalent to YTS.mx, YourBitTorrent, Yesmovies, TorrentDay, EZTV, 123Movies, and RARBG.to.

Individuals who attempt to discover these domains is not going to see them in search outcomes. As an alternative, Google shows the next notification on the backside of the web page, simply above the usual DMCA elimination notification.

“In response to a authorized request submitted to Google, we’ve eliminated xx outcomes from this web page. If you want, you may learn extra concerning the request at LumenDatabase.org.”

Once we investigated additional we discovered two different requests from Wiggins LLP focusing on different domains that UK ISPs have been ordered to dam prior to now. These embrace Levidia.ch, Yify-movies.web and AZM.to.

Though Google shouldn’t be particularly talked about within the outdated courtroom orders, the corporate in all probability voluntarily opted to conform. That information was undoubtedly welcomed with open arms by the rights holders.

Apparently, nevertheless, the UK regulation agency didn’t report all blocked domains to Google. The Pirate Bay, arguably essentially the most well-known pirate web site on the planet, stays listed. That is in all probability a mistake.

Lastly, it’s price mentioning that there are unusual outcomes on different serps as effectively. For instance, Bing nonetheless indexes most websites which are listed within the UK blocking order, equivalent to thepiratebay.org and YTS.mx. Nonetheless, rARBG has disappeared.

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We’re undecided why the RARBG outcomes had been thrown out and Bing would not present any additional particulars. Nonetheless, some searches associated to RARBG on Google counsel that there could also be one other courtroom order that the general public can not see.

“Google obtained a request to take away content material from our providers primarily based on a courtroom order. As a result of nature of the courtroom order, Google has not offered a duplicate to Lumen,” Google explains.

Maybe we are going to study extra about this mysterious association sooner or later. Within the meantime, we anticipate extra blocking orders to be forwarded to serps.



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