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Search engines to block torrent sites on June 1

Starting June 1, 2017, search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo will no longer be displaying torrent results and pages like The Pirate Bay, Torrentz, and similar sites in a move to suppress piracy.

The search engines have made an agreement to block these sites starting June 1, 2017 in addition to links for pirated movies and TV series. Google and other companies have teamed up with the entertainment industry for this move. The sites to be blocked include The Pirate Bay, Torrentz, ExtraTorrents, KickassTorrents as well as other ‘similar links’.

Said agreement is reported to be ‘extremely close’ to being signed.

“The search engines involved in this work have been very co-operative, making changes to their algorithms and processes, but also working bilaterally with creative industry representatives to explore the options for new interventions, and how existing processes might be streamlined,” said Baroness Buscombe from UK’s parliament. “All parties have also agreed that the code should take effect, and the targets in it be reached, by 1 June this year,” she added.

Intellectual Property Office of UK has spearheaded discussion between Google and other search engine companies with the entertainment firms, but both parties are still trying to reach a voluntary agreement.


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Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

10 Responses

  1. Avatar for R R says:

    Mas maganda talaga sa ISP side ang pag block. Bababa yung reklamo tungkol sa data capping.

  2. Avatar for Joel Magallon Joel Magallon says:

    Lipat na sa Deep search engine

  3. Avatar for Joel Magallon Joel Magallon says:

    Lipat na sa Deep search engine

  4. Avatar for Crtc4L Crtc4L says:

    you can’t censor it because we are now in the technology age. and there are many ways how to still search these torrent site like pirate bay or other torrent sites.

  5. Avatar for diego delos santos diego delos santos says:

    mukhang nabayaran ng malaki si google ah. mayabang na si google kasi dami na nya negosyo. its the little people like us that makes google big. google baka yan na ang simula ng pag bagsak mo baka mag ala firefox ka ikaw din. kung wala kang utang na loob sa mga parokyano mo iiwanan ka ng mga yan. ilang percent ba ng google users ang mahilig mag pirate bay or other download sites?

  6. Avatar for Ariel Cosep Ariel Cosep says:

    Goodbye Google…Hello DuckDuckGo

  7. Avatar for Dothackjhe Dothackjhe says:

    But the censored websites will still be available using other Search Engines, right?

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