Google Puts Pirate Bay Back in Its Search Index

Oct 5, 2009 9:30 AM PST
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google has restored ThePirateBay.org’s home page to its search results after removing it last week.

Google, according to press reports, said that the URL was accidentally removed from the Google search index due to an internal error and was not due to a DMCA takedown.

ChillingEffects.org on Friday said Pirate Bay had been taken down because Destined Enterprises filed a request to take down the home page because of violations under the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Destined Enterprises in the past has helped several online adult companies — JustTeenSite.com and GwenMedia.com — battle piracy.

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.

The appeal comes as Pirate Bay is still working out issues relative to its acquisition. Global Gaming Factory X has offered to pay $8.64 million for the site.

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