Google Voluntarily Removes More Pirate Sites From its Search Results
Over the past months, it has become clear that Google is voluntarily helping rightsholders to tackle online piracy. The search giant has now removed another batch of ‘pirate site’ URLs from its results in the Netherlands, just days after a local ISP was ordered to block them. While it’s a big step to take, Google hasn’t yet commented on the matter.
For more than a decade, various copyright industry groups have called on Google and other search engines to help contain the piracy problem.
Google was initially hesitant to take action, but the company has gradually tweaked its algorithms over the years to accommodate the complaints.
The first step was to demote results for domain names for which it receives many DMCA takedown notices. On top of that, it has also removed several piracy-related terms from its autocomplete feature.
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