Google removes Pirate Bay from index

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The irony being that searching for “Pirate Bay” now brings up the infinitely shiftier piratebay.com. From the Google results:

In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 4 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint that caused the removal(s) at ChillingEffects.org.

The DMCA complaint isn’t yet available at Chilling Effects. But plenty of real piratebay.org pages still show up; presumably the DMCA claim wasn’t well-formed enough to actually accomplish its objective.

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7 Responses to Google removes Pirate Bay from index

  1. DoctorSinister says:

    It’s 4 pages of 12 million they have listed, not going to make much of a dent. It’s so futile though because a lot of other torrent sites scan PB and those get indexed anyway.
    I doubt Google would ever just ban the domain since they’d then have to appoint themselves the Internet police and I don’t think they want to open that can of worms. Even though virtually everything on PB is copyrighted, they’d be inundated with requests of everyone wanting to get others banned.
    If you ask me, the “admins” of PB put ownership in a shell company to keep from getting sued for assets in civil court. It happened right at the time machines were seized so the timing seems suspect…

  2. Seamus Guy says:

    I just searched “Pirate Bay” on google and piratebay.org was the first result.

  3. John S says:

    I hope google is prepared for the onslaught as every media company and big corporatino in the world now starts to treat them as the Internet Police.

  4. philipb says:

    real site came up 3rd on my search for “pirate bay”

  5. SamSam says:

    Hmmm, I searched “pirates bay” “pirates bay” and “pirate bay.” All came up with thepiratesbay.org as the very first hit, and no DMCA notice.

  6. OneLastTry says:

    DMCA complaint is online now. Seems it was sent on behalf of occash.com (nsfw) about a series of classy looking motion pictures. Specific URLs on various torrent sites are listed.

    It would of course be morally or legally ambiguous for me to encourage people to use the handily supplied list of URLs in the takedown notice to obtain the aforementioned motion pictures and seed them.

    So obviously I’m not doing that.

  7. DeWynken says:

    sigh..why is the rum always gone?

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