If you’re a download junkie, your days of finding premium torrents and Rapidshare links are slowly coming to an end. Google has done what we never thought they’d really have the guts to do; sources say they’ve actually started censoring terms like Rapidshare, Megaupload, BitTorrent, torrents and more. Obviously these companies aren’t happy with this, and have apparently already started speaking up against this ‘act of injustice’.
What Google has done, is make a list of piracy-related keywords that have been removed from its auto-complete list. For instance, anything with the word torrent added to it will not be suggested by the search engine. What is a little weird here, though, is the fact that Google hasn’t banned words like Pirate Bay, which is a popular torrent site.
If you want someone to put the final blame on for this, it’s definitely the entertainment industry you want to stick it to. Associations such as the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) and the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of India) have been applying pressure on Google for a while now, and it’s no surprise to many that they’ve finally come through.
So is the just the beginning of a long list of prohibitions and bans that will finally lead to the death of piracy? Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.