Earlier this year, Google bowed to pressure from music industry rightsholders and tweaked the way its Autocomplete search feature works. Now, the company’s search engine does not suggest terms like torrent or Rapidshare when people start typing the name of an artist. So what effect has it had? TorrentFreak has twigged that Google’s own search trends site will provide useful data on this, running some analysis on Google searches for terms like BitTorrent and Megaupload. They show a clear and sharp drop for both of those at the time the changes took effect in January. That’s good news for rightsholders, even if it’s unlikely to stop them wishing Google would remove some of these sites from its results altogether. Source: TorrentFreak

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