Hosting Pirated Content Could Hurt You on Google

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – If you happen to be a website administrator hosting pirated content via your web presence, you could be in for a damaging search ranking. On Friday, Google announced that it had updated its search algorithms to help rank sites with more content removal requests lower.

“This ranking change should help users find legitimate, quality sources of content more easily—whether it’s a song previewed on NPR’s music website, a TV show on Hulu or new music streamed from Spotify,” commented the company.

The top online search engine gets a lot of removal requests from copyright owners. According to a transparency report from the company, the most removal requests have come from companies and organizations including the RIAA, Microsoft, NBCUniversal and Universal Music Group.

Google emphasized that it would not completely remove sites accused of violating copyright, noting that “only courts can decide if a copyright has been infringed.”