Google to push down copyright violators in search results

In May, Google announced that it was adding a new page on its Transparency Report site called Copyright Removal Requests. The page showed which companies were asking Google to remove search results for certain websites. Now it looks like Google is doing more to try to stop those websites from appearing in its search results.

In a new post on the Google Search blog, the company announced that starting next week, it would begin to rank websites based on the number of copyright removal notices that Google believes to be valid. The blog stated that those sites that receive a high amount of removal notices could be ranked lower in Google's search results.

Google said that the numbers of copyright removal notices it receives continues to increase, and points out that it has received requests to take down over 4.3 million separate URLs from its search results in the last 30 days. It added:

So while this new signal will influence the ranking of some search results, we won’t be removing any pages from search results unless we receive a valid copyright removal notice from the rights owner. And we’ll continue to provide "counter-notice" tools so that those who believe their content has been wrongly removed can get it reinstated. We’ll also continue to be transparent about copyright removals.

The argument that search engines such as Google's could be gateways for users to get pirated content was one of the main bullet points of supporters of SOPA and PIPA. The Motion Picture Association of America, one of the main backers of SOPA, issued its own statement about Google's search changes today:

We are optimistic that Google’s actions will help steer consumers to the myriad legitimate ways for them to access movies and TV shows online, and away from the rogue cyberlockers, peer-to-peer sites, and other outlaw enterprises that steal the hard work of creators across the globe. We will be watching this development closely – the devil is always in the details – and look forward to Google taking further steps to ensure that its services favor legitimate businesses and creators, not thieves

Source: Google Search blog

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i wish that the "transparency" reports will inform the cause why "x" site was push down. Right now, Google is saying "this site was blocked" but it is not saying which site was blocked or the reason to the block.


btw:it is not working so well, for example search for "torrent"

I can see this being a problem. Especially when your company does most it's sales on the web, and other local companies are unable to compete fully, I can see them using this to get your results below theirs...

We'll see how it pans out, if it's legitimate complaints, or just act first investigate later/never as it is with youtube...

Wow I wonder if people can abuse this system to attack sites

Lets hope they also consider legitimate copyright violations


The blog stated that those sites that receive a high amount of removal notices could be ranked lower in Google's search results.

Surely, that's going to encourage attempts to downrank competitors' sites.

Neobond said,
! saw your comment after I added mine, yeah.. that's the first thing I thought too.

it is not that everybody can claim a copyright violation but a select group of organization. For example, indies has hard time fighting against pirates while RIAA members can block some contents in a snap.

Well for those who know how get pirated content are at no Loss. But for those who don't know, might get a bit difficult.

koolguy said,
Well for those who know how get pirated content are at no Loss. But for those who don't know, might get a bit difficult.

The ability to do research on pirated content is of no value to you ?

Never tried to find out of some group rip'd a dvd from an old tv show off the air now ?
Even if the links you find are always reported + dead anyway it's still nice to have the information even if you don't have the content.

Its good now that Google has so much control on the largest and most accessible source of human knowledge and information.

jmc15john said,
Cry and complain all you want. If you don't have skills to find what you need outside of google, you have no skills.

no need for google to find pirated content.
its about censorship..

What sucks is when you aren't in the US and get affected by this..

I'm in Canada, yet I often see Google saying it won't show me a result because of DMCA.. which doesn't exist in Canada..

Ryoken said,
What sucks is when you aren't in the US and get affected by this..

I'm in Canada, yet I often see Google saying it won't show me a result because of DMCA.. which doesn't exist in Canada..

true

Ryoken said,
What sucks is when you aren't in the US and get affected by this..

I'm in Canada, yet I often see Google saying it won't show me a result because of DMCA.. which doesn't exist in Canada..


Think more globalized, you unsatisfiable prick!!!!!!!11! /S

I'm feeling you, Germany here and I have no idea of what relevance US laws are in Germany.

GS:ios

Ryoken said,
What sucks is when you aren't in the US and get affected by this..

I'm in Canada, yet I often see Google saying it won't show me a result because of DMCA.. which doesn't exist in Canada..


Think more globalized, you unsatisfiable prick!!!!!!!11! /S

I'm feeling you, Germany here and I have no idea of what relevance US laws are in Germany.

GS:ios

Dot Matrix said,
So much for a free and open web. Good to know who's stuffing their pockets.

that's only for content that has been proven to have piracy a few time. They will not filter out the web site that have received complaint but those that have received legitimate complaint.

they will also not remove the site unless forced by authority

News Headline.. The last reason to use google is now gone !

That was the reason i chose google over others almost a decade ago
and i have been waiting for this to come along..
And i will be switching to another search provider that does not act like my parents.

Goodbye Google you *were once great but this is the final straw.
Your products and services are now completely garbage.

I am Not PCyr said,
News Headline.. The last reason to use google is now gone !

That was the reason i chose google over others almost a decade ago
and i have been waiting for this to come along..
And i will be switching to another search provider that does not act like my parents.

Goodbye Google you *were once great but this is the final straw.
Your products and services are now completely garbage.

why do you even want to go to pirated copyright content pages?? unless you *cough*..
thats no excuse.

I am Not PCyr said,
News Headline.. The last reason to use google is now gone !

That was the reason i chose google over others almost a decade ago
and i have been waiting for this to come along..
And i will be switching to another search provider that does not act like my parents.

Goodbye Google you *were once great but this is the final straw.
Your products and services are now completely garbage.

Dramatic much?

Cry baby.
For me Google's SERP's still offer the most accurate and relevant search results.

In fact, the pirate and sham links cloud the real information so i'm all for this.

Hardcore Til I Die said,

Dramatic much?


No, its one of the main reasons I still use Google over Bing aswell.
I like to download stuff before I even think of buying, until a few years ago I kept buying stuff all the time. Now theres a whole pile of games I didn't play more then 30min-1hour and yet paid 20-50euros for. Im sick of wasting my money on games that look semi-promising but are actually total crap. Considering demo's are a rarity nowadays, I have no chance to do a preview on anything without being a pirate.

Its about censorship.

Its about this IS how google got to be number 1 in the first place.
There search results were more an accurate reflection of what is..
regardless of what is, 'IS'
And now they have the user base they are turning their backs on us.

And yes i pirate stuff a lot and guess what ?
I'm not the only one <surprise>
So all of us will be thinking the same thing even if most people are too scared
to show their face because of self righteous douches with plenty of money to burn on crappy software.
I'm not afraid or ashamed of being a pirate and i'm not gonna hide or stay quiet.

This news is censorship period.

Dramatic ? mmm naw just sick of Google big time !
The format of their search results page requires me multiple Grease Monkey
scripts so that the piece of crap is usable like it was a couple years ago.
They have Microsoft syndrome and can join the ranks of all the other big companies with the Bloat Monster machines.. Like Norton, Kaspersky, Adobe any of them really..

Bottom line is piracy is here to stay and I can guarantee you all that.
We'll be there when you turn on the lights, even if we have to scurry to a new place

Oh and most applications and games don't deserve a cent because they are pure useless garbage. Pick a type and do a search and see what i mean.
Pick "video converter" for example ..it makes me sick the crap people are trying to pawn off online. Shareware authors are bloody dirt bags and 90% of them offer nothing useful you can't get better for free. I don't loose any sleep over the trash purveyors not getting paid.

I am Not PCyr said,
News Headline.. The last reason to use google is now gone !

That was the reason i chose google over others almost a decade ago
and i have been waiting for this to come along..
And i will be switching to another search provider that does not act like my parents.

Goodbye Google you *were once great but this is the final straw.
Your products and services are now completely garbage.

Just wait... Even if Google did this, ppl will come up with a new way! So don't worry.
I mean Google is the far simplest to use that no other search engine have.
Yahoo -> To much news and junk.
Bing -> Those flashing boxes.

Shadowzz said,

No, its one of the main reasons I still use Google over Bing aswell.
I like to download stuff before I even think of buying, until a few years ago I kept buying stuff all the time. Now theres a whole pile of games I didn't play more then 30min-1hour and yet paid 20-50euros for. Im sick of wasting my money on games that look semi-promising but are actually total crap. Considering demo's are a rarity nowadays, I have no chance to do a preview on anything without being a pirate.

You can't do that anywhere else though...you don't try before buying food in a cafe/restaurant, you don't try before buying things in a shop, or anywhere else for that matter.