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Google To Block Piracy-Related Terms From Autocomplete 275 275

An anonymous reader writes "Google is making changes in the way it presents web search results to try to exclude links that may be tied to pirated content. In a move enthusiastically praised by the RIAA, Google says it will not include terms closely associated with piracy from appearing via autocomplete. The company acknowledged that it can be hard to know what terms are being used to find infringing content, but 'we'll do our best to prevent Autocomplete from displaying the terms most frequently used for that purpose.'"
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Google To Block Piracy-Related Terms From Autocomplete

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  • Re:Less Popular (Score:4, Informative)

    by shuz (706678) on Thursday December 02, 2010 @06:14PM (#34423990) Homepage Journal
    You mean yahoo? (which acquired AltaVista)
  • Re:google can... (Score:5, Informative)

    by melikamp (631205) on Thursday December 02, 2010 @06:19PM (#34424072) Homepage Journal

    Google search is basically a shopping catalog now. Here is where you go when you want INFORMATION:

    • 1337x.org
    • alivetorrents.com
    • bitsnoop.com
    • bt-chat.com
    • btmon.com
    • extratorrent.com
    • fenopy.com
    • kickasstorrents.com
    • limetorrents.com
    • monova.org
    • newtorrents.info
    • seedpeer.com
    • sharereactor.com
    • thepiratebay.org
    • torrentdownloads.net
    • torrentfunk.com
    • torrenthound.com
    • torrents.net
    • yourbittorrent.com
  • I'm OK with this.. (Score:4, Informative)

    by kheldan (1460303) on Thursday December 02, 2010 @06:20PM (#34424102) Journal
    ..because I find Google Autocomplete to be bloated and annoying. Many of the changes they've made to their basic search page are bloated and annoying, too. I shouldn't have to wait for some javascript crap to load up and run just to do a basic web search. The new image search is OK though.
  • by SheeEttin (899897) <sheeettin@gmail . c om> on Thursday December 02, 2010 @06:35PM (#34424354) Homepage
    Guys, Google's not changing their search results. Just words that show up in autocomplete.
    So if, for example, you start typing "call of duty 7 cra", it's not going to offer "crack", but it will offer "crazy", "crap", etc. Anyone looking for a crack is going to take the extra second to type it out and press enter. This isn't actually going to deter anyone.
  • Re:Lapdog (Score:3, Informative)

    by Per Wigren (5315) on Thursday December 02, 2010 @07:47PM (#34425292) Homepage

    I realize Slashdot has become a piracy advocacy site in the last few years

    Wrong. It was only very very recently (like maybe 3-4 years ago) that the first persons who opposed software and media piracy (for personal use) started to even appear on tech forums. Before that it wasn't even something that you talked about in terms of right and wrong. Everybody(!) only talked about what was technically possible and how to do it, as if the concept of copyright didn't even exist. I've been "online" since the 80s (BBS:es, Fidonet, Internet) and the first time I even saw or heard a person (not corporation) mention piracy in negative terms was like 4 or 5 years ago.

  • Re:google can... (Score:4, Informative)

    by SeaFox (739806) on Friday December 03, 2010 @03:07AM (#34428306)

    Wow, thanks.

    I actually rarely ever type anything in Google's search box. I use a Quicksearch set up in Firefox instead and just type "g " in the address bar. It just occurred to me I can add the "-buy -purchase -price -shop" as part of the bookmark the quicksearch runs off of and get those terms added to pretty much all my searches automatically now with no change in my searching behavior. The bookmark simply becomes http://www.google.com/search?&q=%25s+-buy+-purchase+-price+-shop [google.com]

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