Google Ordered to remove ‘torrent’, ‘rapidshare’ from autocomplete

The court believes that as Google is not filtering these search terms, it is indirectly promoting copyright infringement. The case now rests with Appeals court, which will take the final decision notes Torrent Freak.

Back in 2010 SNEP had gone ahead with a lawsuit against Google in a bid to make it filter terms meant related to piracy from its ‘Autocomplete’ and ‘Instant’ services. According to SNEP, when users type in artist names for search, file sharing sites that promote piracy were added to the search terms.

Google, as expected, is not at all happy with the ruling. Google Spokesperson told c|net, “We are disappointed by the court’s ruling.”
“Google Autocomplete algorithmically returns search queries that are a reflection of the search activity of all web users.” the spokesperson added.

Since about the year Google has been filtering piracy related search terms and has been deleting millions of URLs despite the ongoing lawsuits. So effectively, Google was busy doing the right thing even without any court orders. Following that the ruling isn’t welcomed by Google.