Guys, we have bad news for torrent site's owners. It looks like Google could soon remove, limit Torrent websites from their results page, thus limiting how people find these websites, according to a new report on TorrentFreak. The report is based on discussions between entertainment companies and executives from search engine companies, which was chaired by UK’s Intellectual Property Office.
According to the report, the UK government has been exploring the idea of legislation, that could force search engines like Google to take action against The Best Torrent Search Engine & Sites that are infringing copyright laws. It should be noted Google already deletes search results if there are copyright violations.
Well, the report also adds that UK’s Digital Economy Bill committee was exploring a draft amendment to the bill. However, TorrentFreak quotes British MP Baroness Buscombe as saying that the UK’s “Intellectual Property Office officials have chaired a further round-table meeting between search engines and representatives of the creative industries.”
It looks like some kind of the key content of the code has been agreed upon, and it should come into effect within few months. The code could ensure that visibility for torrents website is reduced from these google search engine. In this case you should read popular meta search systems and test it by yourself. Given Google is the world’s most popular search engine, such steps will mean a significant purging of results going to torrent websites.
Hmm, Google itself has not commented on the report, but it looks like all search engines will be cooperating with entertainment companies over infringement notices, at least in the UK. According to the Baroness Buscombe’s comments, search engines will make “changes to their algorithms and processes, but also working bilaterally with creative industry representatives.”
For now UK won’t be exploring any formal legislation i guess. Of course, one of the issues with torrents websites is that when one goes down, a new clone pops up to take its place pretty quickly. The KickAss Torrents case is one recent example. Need more torrent sites? No problem.
When the original domain was taken down, several clones came up, and later the community had managed to put back most of the content online. But with the biggest search engines blocking search for torrents, this could mean tough times ahead for these websites. I hope it will never happen.