Google strips Pirate Bay homepage from search results
Mountain View executes DMCA takedown
The Pirate Bay’s homepage and seven other pages relating to the BitTorrent tracker website have been removed from Google’s search engine, following a DMCA complaint.
Anyone attempting to locate thepiratebay.org via Google will be greeted with some results to access the website, but none that point directly at its homepage.
We’ve asked Google if it could tell us more about removing some of the site’s pages from its search engine, but at the time of writing it hadn’t got back to us with comment.
The Pirate Bay mouthpiece, Peter Sunde - who actually quit his position as the website’s main spokesman a few months back - asked on his Twitter account this morning “why is 'thepiratebay.org' (the frontpage) removed from your [Google’s] index?”
A DMCA notice at the bottom of a “thepiratebay.org” search query via Google reveals that Mountain View has simply reacted to a takedown request.
“In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 8 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint that caused the removal(s) at ChillingEffects.org,” reads a notice.
Interestingly, Microsoft’s Bing returns the correct result on its search engine, so it’s clearly not been slapped with a similar DMCA notice yet.
We'll update this story if Google offers us any further insight. Its policy on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is here. ®
Back to normal?
At this moment a Google search for "torrent tracker" brings up the TPB top-level page third, after the Wikipedia article describing trackers and torrentking.org. The DMCA notice isn't there.
As far as the original censorship goes, I frankly don't care if TPB is naughty or nice; it's not Google's place, on its own or under pressure, to play moral guardian to the world or any part of it. They might well nix clearly criminal enterprises (malware, kiddie porn, terrorism how-to, Crack Cocaine 'R' Us...), but despite its woes TPB is not in that class. I've got a problem with one industry telling another industry which is in no way violating any law what to do. Yes, Google runs its own shop as it sees fit and has the right to do this if it wants to, but it's a very bad idea, and a worse precedent.
Why is this an issue
Don't use Google
Of course the real issue is the way the copyright mafia, unable to actually close TPB, or get a successful conviction (well, in any way that acts as a determent) for the breech of copyright by downloading, are now engaged in censorship.
It also shows how fucking stupid the King Canute MAFIAA are.
OK, so suppose google get their act together and won't show *any* TPB links, people who download will not use google, eventually the MAFIAA will try and stop any search engine from displaying TPB links, and they will probably try and prevent ISPs for displaying TPB links as well.
What are the MAFIAA going to do, bully ISPs into blocking access to search engine that show links to what the MAFIA consider “illegal” content? Is that the MAFIAA’s eventual goal, total censorship of the internet??????
Meanwhile, everybody will stop using google et al, because, like IE, which search engine you use is more habit than anything else, and while all this is going on a lot more tracker sites are going to start up, probably in locations where the MAFIAA’s grubby little hands can’t reach, and downloader's start using more secure P2P methods.
Net result: The MAFIAA fail miserably at protecting their monopoly control of the music business as they fail to reduce the amount of illegal downloading while that the same time they also damage a lot of legitimate businesses.
Seems the MAFIAA don't care what damage they do to other legitimate business in try to protect their monopoly
Oh deary me
How ever am I going to find thepiratebay.org now?