Music rightsholders have complained vociferously in 2013 that Google wasn’t delivering on its promises to downgrade pirate sites in its search results. Well, here’s one positive example from their perspective: online storage service RapidGator was delisted from Google in December, including its homepage, news section and copyright infringement policy statement. “We’ll lose thousands of visitors because of this action. This is not right. If it happens to us, it can happen to MediaFire or Dropbox tomorrow,” the company told TorrentFreak. “Most importantly, it opens the door for phishing sites, who will register similar site name and mislead our users.” Expect questions from rightsholders too: if RapidGator can be delisted, what about other, similar sites? Google fielded 235m URL takedown requests in 2013, up from 50m in 2012.

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