Traffic To Pirate Sites Falls By 89%

Google has released a new report on online piracy, revealing that traffic to piracy sites has reduced by 89%. The new study was released to copyright holders in entertainment industries hit hardest by online piracy, who have criticised the search company for not doing enough. Whilst they say they are reluctant to remove entire sites, Google wrote in the report that “processing of takedown notices provides Google with information it can use to update the ranking signal”. It also responded to criticism by highlighting its attempts to make legal streaming sites more prominent on its search results. However, Google also revealed examples of requests from entertainment studios to remove pages, such as a movie studio trying to get a movie review removed from a major national newspaper.