Google Censors BitTorrent's Name Among Other Piracy Related Terms

Jan 27, 2011 • 8:21 am | comments (9) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine
 

Google Removes Piracy-Related Terms From Instant Search from Search Engine Land explains that Google has taken a step to remove piracy related search suggestions and predictions from showing up in Google's Instant Search results.

So if you search for Torrents, BitTorrent, MegaUploads, Rapidshare and so on, you will not get auto-complete instant results from Google. You will have to go about the search the "slow" way and type in your full search query and click enter.

Google Piracy Censorship

Google Piracy Censorship

Google Piracy Censorship

Google Piracy Censorship

Not everyone is happy with this change. A Google Web Search Help has one user who is leaving Google over it. He said:

So the autocomplete doesn't suggest bittorrent or torrent anymore?

So, since these copyright lobbyists got their panties in a bunch, you've caved in like some scared children.

When searching for bittorrent video streaming news, or looking for Linux torrents, I feel as though I am being punished for others ill deeds.

http://yandex.com is my new default search engine. You guys are pathetic.

He isn't the only upset individual. The VP of BitTorrent is not happy, as he said in a blog post:

“We respect Google’s right to determine algorithms to deliver appropriate search results to user requests. That being said, our company’s trademarked name is fairly unique, and we’re pretty confident that anyone typing the first six or seven letters deserves the same easy access to results as with any other company search,” Morris said.

Piracy advocates, if there is such a thing, should not be insulted too much. Google is still censoring the term Lesbian, which really upsets the Gay & Lesbian community.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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Comments:

Shivermeshamrocks

01/27/2011 03:11 pm

But Pirate bay still is on instant

Barry Schwartz

01/27/2011 03:12 pm

hmm, wonder how long that will last…

Orange County Appraiser

01/28/2011 08:43 am

Pirate Bay is still instant?? Must just be the generic terms they are cutting down, to stop users who are "looking into" download illegal content. Stop them before they learn how. Otherwise you'd just go to the url direct anyways.

Orange County Appraiser

01/28/2011 08:43 am

Pirate Bay is still instant?? Must just be the generic terms they are cutting down, to stop users who are "looking into" download illegal content. Stop them before they learn how. Otherwise you'd just go to the url direct anyways.

Amershaik

01/28/2011 09:29 am

I’ll be the first to admit it…. initially I was never a torrent fan. It just seemed long and forsaking at times to get what you wanted, isn’t it ironic though that at the same I preferred IRC to get what i wanted?!?!?! All who really understands IRC, knows you can be waiting in queue for quite sometime to get what you want. I digg’ed around a bit and came across this article Bittorrent Clients gone sour.

Alex

01/28/2011 09:38 pm

Probably bittorrent and Google something haven't divided. Though for search of torrent-files by Google silly to use, when there are special services, such as http://www.torrentoff.com. Google in case of search gives out a lot of unnecessary garbage while torrent search engine gives out only results search torrents.

Daniel Chavez Moran

02/01/2011 04:56 pm

It's interesting that Google is paying such a high level of attention to manipulating what shows up in Instant, when it merely reflects the most popular searches (as with Google Suggest). There are a number of sexual terms that clearly initiate this same response from Google, which makes more sense, but the idea of blocking instant results for torrents is goofy at best (and a long and slippery slope at worst).

samuelpeterson

03/30/2011 11:30 pm

This was probably recommended by their lawyers after the COICA bill hearings! It isn't a big deal as long as they don't start de-indexing sites based on proposed bills without a judge order and the proper legal steps.

Андрей Златин

05/03/2012 08:01 pm

***Sees "In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed [#] result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint that caused the removal(s) at [ndefhodeswhfc.dih]."*** "I quit"

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