Google cracking down on illegal downlaods

Google to block online piracy in Australia

Google has come to the party on Australia’s piracy crackdown, which makes it harder to locate illegal torrent websites through its search engine.

Google has reached a voluntary agreement with Australian ISPs and content rights holders to de-index websites that were blocked by net providers under recent legislation.

The move will mean Australian rights holders will not need to take Google to court to force the company to remove offending websites from search results.

By 2018, the Federal Court had arranged 65 piracy websites to be blocked and over 378 related domains.

The laws have since been bolstered to permit the speedy blocking of mirror or affiliate domains that pop up online and allow users to download pirated material. Last year’s increase to the legislation also supplied rights holders the ability to obtain an injunction from a search engine.