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The Pirate Bay’s homepage and seven other pages relating to the BitTorrent tracker website have been removed from Google’s search engine, following a DMCA complaint. Anyone attempting to locate thepiratebay.org via Google will be greeted with some results to access the website, but none that point directly at its homepage. We’ …

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And now scam site piratebay.com gets Number 1 rank!

Well done.

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pointless + what has the USA got to do with owt?

1- thepiratebay.org/browse is still linked. it's about 4th. the deletion is pointless

2- i don't live in the US, thepiratebay.org isn't in the US, why am i effected by the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act?

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u sure?

Cause it works for me... maybe US google only?

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really??

it's still returned in my search results when searching for "pirate bay", "pirate bay org", "piratebay.org" etc..

though as it's a DMCA takedown I guess the "real" world wouldn't pay any attention, and it'd just affect the septics..

but i just jumped on one of my machines in the US and it's still getting them too..

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Police Staet World

the gatekeepers want to stop all avenues for release unless they get a slice of the pie + governments want to squash free speech.

welcome to the new world order.

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ah! my bad..

I'm a retard. It's not returning "thepiratebay.org" - only other pages under that. I really should learn to read.

This DMCA thing is wonderfully effective. It appears what's happened here is that torrent n00bs who've heard about tpb are going now to look for it on google and, instead of being directed to the front page where the default option presented is to search for what you're looking for, they will be returned the "/browse" page from which presents them immediately with the ability to browse through all the available torrents and most likely will end up downloading items they didn't even know they wanted!

*slow hand clap*

(fail both for myself for not reading/thinking, and also whoever submitted the DMCA notice)

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Pirate

pain in the ...... arrrrrr...se

its gone from google.co.uk..

so from that i assume america has now taken over the whole world and forces its laws on us in little old blighty....

its pathetic anyway.... the fact it has made the news that they deleted it pushes the news stories regarding the pirate bay to the top of the search engine anyway... all its done is taken away a link,,, oh dear you have to type in the address manualy....

and forgetting all that... the stuff people want on the pirate bay is best downloaded from usenet anyway.... the real home of the pirates...... arrrrr...

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Cutting own thoat dibbler

So a search engine is stopped from letting people search for one of the most popular sites. Isn't this akin to telling a London Bobby he can't tell tourists where Buckingham Palace is?

It just makes Google look stupid. Therefore the DMCA applicant must be;

1) Personal Reality Distortion Field Steve Jobs

2) Personal Reality Perception Disorder Steve Ballmer

2) Personal Distortion in a Field Lily Allen

Mine's got the Bow wow wow album in the pocket.

C30, C60, C90 Go

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Perjury by RemoveYourContent.com

I seem to recall it is perjury to file a false DMCA claim, and since thePirateBay.org website does not contain any copyright material of "Destined Enterprises", I look forward to someone going after them.

Destined Enterprises seems to be the owner of RemoveYourContent.com

http://www.copyright.gov/onlinesp/agents/r/removeyl.pdf

Note that this also means that Google is OCR'ing PDF scans it finds on the web now, since I searched for that and Google had the text, but when I went there is was a scanned document not text.

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effective - not!!

I can still see the /browse and /top/201

No doubt it will keep The Lawyers busy.

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DMCA takedown?

So a DMCA takedown can be enforced to remove a link from a site that links to a site that links to a file which does not contain any copyrighted information itself?

I think the recording industry should just order the whole internet be shut down, it's the only way.

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Why is this >MERCAN< law...

affecting results >outside< of the US? Last time I checked the US had no jurisdiction outside of its territories (Well, apart from the countries its illegally invaded or countries that have no backbone and have signed some bullshit extradition treaty with them!).

Pah, what do I care anyway... America can go f*ck itself with a rusty razorblade! [Ooh, I better watch out now, I guess I'm on some "dangerous subversive" list for that!]

Besides, a search for "The Pirate Bay" (when searching "the web") results with a link DIRECTLY to the site in the 4th result found, a search for "thepiratebay" results that same link only its presented as the second result this time! Its also not like anybody who knows about TPB isn't going to be able to find it anyway!

F*ck you America! [Now they're preparing for one of their extra special rendition flights!]

// Helicopter because they can't land a Gulf Stream in my street!

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The 18th Century attacks the 21st

I expect 99% of Pirate Bay users won't be stopped by removing a URL from search results - the other 1% might be dumb enough to use Bing.

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FAIL!

DMCA are noobs

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Pirate

Hey content creators

Will you please stop creating new (ie, rehashed old, copyright free) content, get a real job with a monthly wage that won't pay enough for your cocaine fuelled binges, and leave our internet alone. Thanks very much. A concerned netizen.

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Very effective

Just googled on a randomly chosen film name plus the word "torrent" (I always do it that way). TPB third one down. Nae problem.

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Google Outside America

Google is owned by Americans who live in America. So laws that prohibit Americans from copying copyrighted material without permission also forbid them from helping foreigners to do it, since such copying also injures the (often American) owners of the copyrighted material. And, of course, unlike the DMCA specifically, international treaties mean that most countries do have some sort of copyright law.

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Search Still Works in bing eh?

But who uses Bing?

Probably not enough volume to warrant a DMCA takedown request

Mines the one with 'Bling' on the back

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Sigh

Stupid USA law being used for takedown on the .co.uk as well sign, USA law's don't mean jack outside of the USA borders.

Love the impact of this as well on the uk searching means I now have to use the number 2 result, oh the humanity of moving a few pixels down.

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In Sweden too

Even here in Sweden, using Google's swedish page, there's the same notice translated into Swedish about the US DMCA complaint.

This look like the US has made Google impose a worldwide ban.

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Who are these cretins..

Who search for a webpage they already know the URL of?

This affects only the braindead.

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Yank bashing??

Another crack at Yank bashing by the knuckle draggers on this site. What's so difficult to understand? An American service provider gets served with a notice under American law and so decides to comply with said notice rather than run the risk of breaking that American law (in America which is where they are). Everyone outside the US complaining about this overlooks the fact that Google - regardless of whether it's Google.com, .co.uk or even .venus is an American company - if you don't like that then use a non-American search engine, if there is such a thing.

And no I'm not a Seppo - just think that having a go at them for this is remarkably ignorant.

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@Ian Ferguson

Then, by extension, we can DCMA Google....

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Anonymous Coward

In a word...

In a word .... censorship.

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Why UK (worldwide) searches affected

There is a really quite simple answer to this from a US law perspective. It is because the google server physically sits in the US.

I could rant for some long time about the evil of DMCA, but it would be preaching to the choir. My only comment will be:

@AC: I seem to recall it is perjury to file a false DMCA claim, and since thePirateBay.org website does not contain any copyright material of "Destined Enterprises", I look forward to someone going after them.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

ROTFLMAO

HAHAHA

No please stop, I'm going to pee myself.

Talk about hubris! This guy is actually planning on outliving the USA! Oh wait, if they keep printing money at the current rate, he might just do it!!

OK, I feel better now.

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DMCA Effective as ever

Learn 2 Internet DMCA, god these guys are just STUPID....

Word of mouth will defeat anything you do anyway.

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Bring on the new world order!

About getting that proper job, make sure it's not one related to the games, music, film or any other creative industry that has their material constantly ripped off by pirates seeing themselves as some kind of liberty bringers (rather than the lazy thieves they are!).

While I don't want to live in a "Police staet[sic] World", I would LOVE a new world order which punished pirates with permanent disconnection from the internet...that would be fantastic! See where your specious, facile, ill conceived, smug arguments about free speech (I thought we were talking about freedom to rip people's work off...hey ho) get you with no internet...maybe you could buy a sandwich board with "why oh why was I punished for ripping people off? It's not fair" on it...

As for banning the English bobby from pointing out Buckingham Palace, I think it is more like banning the London Bobby from pointing out the local stolen goods fence...or someone who knows him.

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Go Get What's Yours Boys

What's the problem? The music is yours right? Just go to your local brick and mortar store and walk out with what's yours? I mean it is yours for that taking isn't it? So get yourself up and let people see who you are so they can admire your principles.

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Calm down, dear, Google will deal with it.

Google have clearly been cunning.

They've received a DMCA takedown notice for "thepiratebay.org" and they have followed it -- literally.

They've always made it clear that they're never going to blanket ban a site, and now they're taking the path of least resistance (compliance) yet simultaneously engaged in passive resistance (work to rule).

If they receive a further DMCA notice stating that they take the whole site out of the index, they're going to tell the submitter where to go, stating (correctly) that they're overstepping the bounds of the DMCA by requesting takedown of pages that do not relate to their IP, which would be fraudulent, therefore thoroughly illegal. This will then be followed by Google telling the IP owner that they have to specify explicitly ever single *page* (not server) that they want excluded.

The copyright owners give up.

The thieves win.

As do the advertising scum.

Content creators lose.

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Use Yahoo

I stopped using google and went back to yahoo years ago. Yahoo has piratebay.org is at the top of the listings.

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@terry h

well sort of..... Don't forget the infamous case of DVD Jon.......

DMCA==wrongheaded law

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@PirateSlayer

@PirateSlayer: 'As for banning the English bobby from pointing out Buckingham Palace, I think it is more like banning the London Bobby from pointing out the local stolen goods fence...or someone who knows him.'

Ha ha ha ha. And what did the forebears of the occupants of Buckingham Palace do if not steal the whole firkin country from its freeborn inhabitants, and hand it all out to their best mates to be leased back to householders.

Do welders get paid royalties every time you ride a train they assembled? Does my dentist get paid a royalty every time I eat with my healthy teeth? Do software developers with their ageist career paths get royalties every time someone uses the application they developed for their employer? Its time 'artists' were paid when they actually play their instruments, and then this celebrity/star freakshow can be ended once and for all.

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Err...

Didn't google recently argue *in court* that they couldn't prevent specific pages appearing in search results?

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DMCA is a crap law

"So a DMCA takedown can be enforced to remove a link from a site that links to a site that links to a file which does not contain any copyrighted information itself?

I think the recording industry should just order the whole internet be shut down, it's the only way."

Oh yeah that's the "beauty" of the DMCA. Anyone can file a claim for anything no matter how stupid, and (to get safe harbour against lawsuits) the ISP, search provider, etc. who receives the notice, MUST yank down whatever they are told to. It's up to whoever got their stuff pulled to file a counterclaim (at which point the ISP must put the stuff back up.. but since no-one seems to ever file a proper counterclaim I don't know how often that happens.) There's penalties for false DMCA claims but that part also never seems to get enforced. Some abusers have even used the DMCA to pull public domain files, and in a few cases some file where they didn't even claim copyright, they just didn't like the contents. If the owner doesn't know their rights, that's that, it's down.

It's stupid, and everyone told Congress that knobs would abuse the law as it was written, but they took their bribes and passed it anyway.

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Who else was pulled?

Anybody know what the other sites were that google pulled?

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@Doug Glass

You're making the exact mistake that the content owners wish you to. The "music" and the physical media are different things that are covered under different laws.

Theft is what happens when you steal a CD, copyright infringement is what happens when you make a copy of it without permission from the copyright holder. One is a criminal matter the other is a civil matter.

What you really wanted to suggest people do is go to their local music emporium and copy all of the music they want, but what is *really* happening is the equivalent of someone (either a friend or a complete stranger) allowing you to copy their music collection - some of which they have already copied from someone else.

It's a complex issue that needs some thought to resolve appropriately, emotive arguments repeated ad-nauseum really don't help.

Personally I thought the music industry was going to die out due to home taping some 30 years ago...

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searching for piratebay.org on search engine?

Why would you need to search for piratebay.org in a search engine....just type it in the address bar.

"Paris"...Now heres an interesting word to use in a search engine 8-)

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Google

Google Search - your online thought censor overlord configurable according to the prejudices and political bias of your regions rulers.

Sure they are just acting in compliance with the DMCA - a terrible Bush era corruption enacted to protect the interests of his wealthy pals - but opening this type of ad-hoc censorship opens a rotten can of worms. When private interest groups get to decide what appears or doesn't appear in the webs principle search index, when youtube pull videos of Tibetans protesting about human rights, when ISP's shape or filter traffic based on source or destination - it's a very bad situation for online freedom and fairness.

> Didn't google recently argue *in court* that they couldn't prevent specific pages appearing in search results?

Actually the main difference between a web crawler like google and a torrent index like pirate bay is that google comply with these futile takedown notices whereas those hilarious ballsy swedes simply told all and sundry to go fcuk themselves.

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Oh, I don't mind the DMCA

It just makes it easier to locate banned content-- I just google for "dmca takedown"...

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@AC; RE: Yank Bashing??

Knuckle draggers? Coming from a country opposed to health care reform but love to shoot shit out of each other (and anyone else in the way of your interests!). If >your< laws applied internationally then the boys from Cupertino wouldn't be allowed to use some sweatshop in Asia to produce items of which one probably costs more than a single employee earns in a year!

Correct me if I'm wrong but does Google not have servers located in other parts of the world operated by (Google) companies registered locally in those parts of said world? Is Googles search facility not operated in several locations around the world both as a fallback and to distrubute the load? In which case DMCA takedowns only apply to servers located within US terrortories and I'm sure its not beyond Googles ability to seperate out searches based on geographical location.

See that bit on a map that says "United States of America" (or "terrortories of..."), that right there is where YOUR laws apply. The rest is full of places that have their own laws and are not just there for the US to plunder whenever it gets the urge (in the name of whatever you're supposed to be scared of today!)

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WTF?

Maybe I'm missing something here but...

...just what material on TPB's front page is infringing somebody else's copyright?

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Move on, nothing to see..

Search result 1 - Google removes piratebay.org

Search result 2 - fake piratebay scam site

Search result 3 - piratebay on wiki

Search result 4 - piratebay/browse

Search result 5 - piratebay/top/201

Well that was about as effective as... er.... all the other attempts at removing media from the web?

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Driving nails in a coffin

Too bad, so sad. Enjoy the Iron Bar Hotel TPB Boys.

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Back up now

It's the first result for pirate bay, the pirate bay and third result for pirate in Google UK now. Probably one of those 8 hour DMCA takedowns. Um...

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:S

"Ha ha ha ha. And what did the forebears of the occupants of Buckingham Palace do if not steal the

whole firkin country from its freeborn inhabitants, and hand it all out to their best mates to be leased back to householders."

That's definitely an astute and valid point, not at all a complete and utter simplification of the history of an entire great country. Congratulations on that point.

"Do welders get paid royalties every time you ride a train they assembled? Does my dentist get paid a royalty every time I eat with my healthy teeth?"

Welders and dentists get paid every time you use their services. Are you telling me your dentist reaches and touches as many people as a computer game or a music album? This also isn't a grossly contrived, specious, smug, facile argument which definitely takes into consideration the lives of creative people versus those who are paid to do a labour job (such as welding). I am sure that someone welding a bolt onto a train which is then manufactured by a robot deserves exactly the same renumeration as an artist whose work touches MILLIONS. Definitely. You have completely changed my perspective.

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Still works for me.

The home page is still showing for me as the top result when I use the string "pirate bay". At the bottom, it lists the DMCA notice, though.

And as for the knuckly draggers comment, not all of us in the US have the same opinions as the country's policies. Some of us are well traveled and a little more open minded. Please, please don't group us all together.

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Well, still up at least in the UK

went to google.com

typed in pirate bay

top of the list? piratebay.org

cheers google.

Cant say im that arsed as i use usenet.

But, hey, TPB has its uses!!

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oh noooooos!

cannon

"the gatekeepers want to stop all avenues for release unless they get a slice of the pie + governments want to squash free speech.

welcome to the new world order"

Too True bud

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Information belongs to those who can use it

Governments will control the Internet on the day they manage to prevent us sending ones and zeros to each other. That will also be that day that file sharing will stop.

In the mean time (it could be along wait), and especially as Google has ceased to be a Search Engine and now become a Filtered-Search Engine I cannot recommend this alternative enough:

https://eu.ixquick.com/

They have servers in the USA and in Europe (the Netherlands to be precise). The above URL ensures you go to the European servers.

The search page is https, along with the results page.

And, the search criteria don't form part of the results page URL (are you listening Google?)

Oh and they promise not to record your IP address.

All together, this means that the UK Government's new system of snooping on everyone's URLs but not page content (because after all there is no personal information content in URLs is there?) starts to look, how shall we put it, a bit on the quaint side.

Steering clear of snooping-government-friendly filtered-search companies like Google is a small part of reclaiming our lives.

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