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Google Censors "Piracy Terms" From Instant Search 246

Chaonici writes "A few weeks ago, Google promised that, on behalf of the entertainment industries, they would begin filtering 'piracy related' terms from their search system. Now, TorrentFreak reports that Google has lived up to their promise, and certain keywords (such as 'bittorrent' and 'rapidshare') will no longer produce results with the Autocomplete or Instant Search features. The standard search feature, however, continues to display results as normal. Simon Morris of BitTorrent Inc., RapidShare, and Jamie King (the founder of Vodo) are critical of the change, pointing out the many legitimate uses of popular file-sharing technology."
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Google Censors "Piracy Terms" From Instant Search

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  • Bloody Hell (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 27, 2011 @09:11AM (#35018806)

    Great, now I need to find a new search engine... I thought Google was anti censor... and had a don't be evil policy...

  • Re:Bloody Hell (Score:5, Insightful)

    by RobbieThe1st ( 1977364 ) on Thursday January 27, 2011 @09:19AM (#35018874)
    Do notice that they -didn't censor anything! All they did is hide certain terms from the auto-complete. Big deal. There's plenty of other words in that "censored" list. Now, they can claim to be "helping prevent piracy" or whatever without actually doing anything. I see it as a win-win situation.
  • Get a grip! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by jareth-0205 ( 525594 ) on Thursday January 27, 2011 @09:22AM (#35018902) Homepage

    Just press like you used to! Jeez, they just don't want people in sensitive places getting potentially dodgy links coming up on their screens. I know when i'm at work I'd rather not have pirate sites coming up on my search result screen while I'm typing...

  • Re:Bloody Hell (Score:4, Insightful)

    by nanospook ( 521118 ) on Thursday January 27, 2011 @09:38AM (#35019030)
    So I have a 75% hearing loss. I go to the movies anyways and enjoy the show but can't understand most of the script. So now if I want to do so I should go buy the movie or pay more to rent it? Noooo.. I download it and get the subtitles. I already paid for it. Does this make me evil?

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