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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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Google search works fine here

A search for pirate bay on google.ca and google.dk both bring up TPB as would be expected. However, right now the link doesn't work because TPB seems to be down. What's up with that?

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Search s, Finds, but wont access.

Just tried this on Google, searching for specific content. Returns results on thier pages, but the links just hang up once clicked. So either the site is down, or they are ditching your connection from thier pages.

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Looks like it's just a "Google Fail"

ThePitareBay.org is back on top of the searches.

Looks like the DCMA was against another party and TPB's domain name was in the request by mistake (or something like that) and some bright spark at google flagged PirateBay instead of the party listed in the DCMA request.

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@ AC 02OCT 1752

Nice one - well said :)

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yank bashing

Why does every other article here cause limey, patty, frog, kraut, pommy, merken bashing? Yes the USA is FUBAR but if you did a poll most Americans under the age of 50 find the DMCA unamerican and morally wrong (of course would have to explain what DMCA is to most of them as our education system sucks, but then again we get by through immigration and stealing talent from rest of world). Remember our country was founded by the jettison from England (religious wankers, carpet bagger capitalist etc). Also remember many of us know how screwed up our laws and our system is, but money talks and keeps most of us in line (that along with cops with hare triggers). Remember Capitalism: A Love Story is a film made by Americans about the USA so many of us do recognize our lifestyle is unsustainable and some of us such as myself have even lived in Europe so we know our way is not the only way. Be careful not to hate everyone in a culture due to the corrupt power elite because much like Africa %90 are slaves (ie poor unwashed masses, nobodys) with little recourse.

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How sad...

DMCA makes me ashamed to admit I live in the US. And as far as using the address bar, you'd be surprised how many people I see typing URLs directly into search engines, just to click on the results page link to that website. It scares me to think these people might actually attempt to drive a car, let alone simply use a computer.

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works for me

must be US visitors only I guess?

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I am in the US and get results... what purge?

I'm in the USA and the pirate bay site comes up in various searches. Must have been a very short purging.

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@indomitable gall

Take this argument a step further. Google can't ban an individual page where the page has been generated on the fly as search results on The Pirate Bay because it has no permanent address or rather the address depends on the specific search and the results may change over time. Yep, you're right, Google needs to be banned too!

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PirateBay...still googlable

The Pirate Bay still seems to be found in searches I have just made...

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Google schmoogle.

The IP owners are entitled to take whatever legal measures they deem necessary to protect their property, and the big G explicitly states that it will honour any such legally served restraints. But what we are seeing here is a blatant attempt to suppress 'information' that should be freely available on the world's biggest search engine.

The fact that it is trivially easy* to find this information elsewhere on the internet does not excuse Google's abject surrender to the floundering morons who have consistently failed to devise an effective business model for their industry. Bought and paid for politicians in the US and Europe are no substitute for a viable business strategy.

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*Try the excellent Clusty search engine for more structured results from its clustering technology. http://clusty.com/

Or how about the cheeky lads from Yauba who provide anonymous links straight from the search results. http://yauba.com/

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related search FAIL

I just tried searching for simply 'torrent' and whilst there's no pirate bay links showing on the first page of results, but at the bottom of the page (.. added to separate the link text):

Searches related to: torrent

fxm torrents .. maxspeed torrents .. transformers revenge of the fallen torrent .. torrent trackers

the pirate bay torrent .. p2p torrent .. bitcomet torrent .. azureus torrent

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Works for me

Now, what is this PB all about?

Hmmmm, free stuff !!!

Thanks for the tip

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Take Down Google

Heck, Google will even suggest some less than legal websites to visit

try the rubric ' Watch Movies...'

I wonder if Googles home page could be made the subject of a similiar take down order, after all they do help facilitate the sharing copyrighted material

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@Mark Jonson

"And as far as using the address bar, you'd be surprised how many people I see typing URLs directly into search engines, just to click on the results page link to that website"

I'm not surprised that people do it, but I am surprised that you don't know why. I do it in IE at work, when I don't want the URL I want to visit appearing in the dropdown list of the address bar (where I can only remove it if I clear ALL the entries or hack it out of the registry, neither of which I particularly want to do).

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FAIL

TPB still shows as the top result here for a lot of searches.

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@Reg

I am in the US and it's working fine, it is indexed and it's the 1st result for pirate bay.

I also checked its page rank:

http://www.prcheck.net/?url=thepiratebay.org&Submit=Submit

Result is 7.

Clearly the DCMA noobs failed again, does anyone know what happened?

/me politely requests the Reg to update the story :)

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Oh deary me

How ever am I going to find thepiratebay.org now?

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@ AC 1701

"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."

While I'm all one for Bush bashing, the DMCA was a CLINTON era corruption, not a Bush one.

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Why is this an issue

Don't use Google

Of course the real issue is the way the copyright mafia, unable to actually close TPB, or get a successful conviction (well, in any way that acts as a determent) for the breech of copyright by downloading, are now engaged in censorship.

It also shows how fucking stupid the King Canute MAFIAA are.

OK, so suppose google get their act together and won't show *any* TPB links, people who download will not use google, eventually the MAFIAA will try and stop any search engine from displaying TPB links, and they will probably try and prevent ISPs for displaying TPB links as well.

What are the MAFIAA going to do, bully ISPs into blocking access to search engine that show links to what the MAFIA consider “illegal” content? Is that the MAFIAA’s eventual goal, total censorship of the internet??????

Meanwhile, everybody will stop using google et al, because, like IE, which search engine you use is more habit than anything else, and while all this is going on a lot more tracker sites are going to start up, probably in locations where the MAFIAA’s grubby little hands can’t reach, and downloader's start using more secure P2P methods.

Net result: The MAFIAA fail miserably at protecting their monopoly control of the music business as they fail to reduce the amount of illegal downloading while that the same time they also damage a lot of legitimate businesses.

Seems the MAFIAA don't care what damage they do to other legitimate business in try to protect their monopoly

Fail, MASSIVE.

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Back to normal?

At this moment a Google search for "torrent tracker" brings up the TPB top-level page third, after the Wikipedia article describing trackers and torrentking.org. The DMCA notice isn't there.

As far as the original censorship goes, I frankly don't care if TPB is naughty or nice; it's not Google's place, on its own or under pressure, to play moral guardian to the world or any part of it. They might well nix clearly criminal enterprises (malware, kiddie porn, terrorism how-to, Crack Cocaine 'R' Us...), but despite its woes TPB is not in that class. I've got a problem with one industry telling another industry which is in no way violating any law what to do. Yes, Google runs its own shop as it sees fit and has the right to do this if it wants to, but it's a very bad idea, and a worse precedent.

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