Google Discards DMCA Takedown Requests Against The Pirate Bay
The previous couple of years haven’t been good for torrents web sites, as common web sites like KickassTorrents, Torrentz.eu and TorrentHound have shut down owing to authorized strain from varied media industries. However, The Pirate Bay, the online’s highest-profile supply of TV reveals, motion pictures, and music, has continued to maintain its fort regardless of many makes an attempt by the copyright holders to remove the location.
In order to discourage pirate websites, even Google, the favored search large, has been requested again and again to remove hyperlinks from its search results that lead to the pirate websites. While Google has processed an enormous variety of takedown requests acquired for elimination of pirate websites, this time across the search large has categorically refused to remove TPB’s homepage from its search results, as it’s not infringing.
According to Google, TPB’s homepage merely incorporates the long-lasting pirate ship brand, a search field, in addition to another hyperlinks. The Pirate Bay doesn’t promote piracy straight or mentions that copyright infringing content material is on the market on the web site, which warrants a ‘takedown’.
For these unaware, The Pirate Bay (TPB) has lengthy been a hindrance for copyright holders. Over the years, The Pirate Bay’s homepage has been focused greater than 70 instances. This yr alone, Google acquired no less than 15 separate takedown notices to remove ThePirateBay.org from its index, which the search engine firm has ignored.
According to Digimarc, one of many largest anti-piracy firms, who experiences on behalf of guide publishers resembling Penguin Random House, Kensington Publishing, and Recorded Books, stated they’re making an attempt not solely to get the e-books eliminated from the Torrent web site but in addition blacklist it fully.
Lumen team, which maintains an archive of all of the DMCA notices Google search receives, stated the latest takedown discover was despatched to Google a couple of days in the past accusing TPB’s homepage of internet hosting or linking to an infringing copy of “Star Wars: The Original Radio Drama.” An analogous discover despatched a couple of days earlier blamed the identical web page of linking to the French model of Stephen King’s The Running Man.
Despite the excessive variety of takedown requests Google receives to remove TPB’s homepage from its index, ThePirateBay.org continues to stay listed on its search results.
Although Google has by accident eliminated The Pirate Bay’s homepage up to now, the corporate again then clarified that it was a mistake on their half and the transfer was reverted.
A Google spokesperson at the moment had stated, “Google received a (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) take-down request that erroneously listed thepiratebay.org, and as a result, this URL was accidentally removed from the Google search index. We are now correcting the removal, and you can expect to see thepiratebay.org back in Google search results this afternoon.”