Pirate Bay’s URL Disappears From Google Searches

Oct 2, 2009 10:30 AM PST
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google has removed ThePirateBay.org’s home page from its search results after a complaint it received under the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Destined Enterprises, which in the past has helped several online adult companies — JustTeenSite.com and GwenMedia.com — battle piracy, filed the request, according to ChillingEffects.org.

Searching Pirate Bay on Google Friday turned up a message at the bottom of the first search-results page that said: "In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 7 result(s) from this page.”

Google, which didn’t respond to XBIZ for comment Friday, hasn't completely removed Pirate Bay from its search results.

Searches for ThePirateBay.org on Google still produce numerous links to Pirate Bay, including to the torrent site’s Top 100 list of torrents and its blog.

The legal battles between Pirate Bay and copyright owners are currently being fought in court in a number of countries, including Sweden, Denmark, Italy and Norway.

The operators of Pirate Bay are scheduled to be back in court on Nov. 13 for a hearing in the Svea Court of Appeals in Sweden.

They were found guilty of of being accessories to crimes against copyright law in April.

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