Google opposes ‘whole-site removal’ in anti-piracy efforts


Should Google remove piracy sites entirely from its search database, rather than simply downranking them when it receives too many successful takedown requests for individual pages and files on them?

The company says not. In its latest open letter to the US intellectual property office, Google came out against the idea in no uncertain terms.

“Unfortunately, whole-site removal is ineffective and can easily result in censorship of lawful material,” claimed its letter.

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Stuart Dredge

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