Categories: News

Search Engines to Ban Links to Torrent Sites in Search Results

In another futile attempt to curb piracy, search engines are set to ban links to torrent sites in their search results, allegedly starting June 2017.

Working with the UK government, the search engines have been in discussions to come up with an agreement of the actions they will take and how they will implement them. As it stands, it is just as easy to access torrent sites as it was before these rather pointless attempts to ban them began.

The original plan, was for the government to add an amendment to the Digital Economy Bill, allowing the government to implement a code of practice, which the search engines would have to stick to, however, since then it has been addressed by the search engines and it has been agreed that such a measure will not be necessary, and there are ways in which they can deal with the situation, without being dictated too on how this is done.

This gives the search engines more room to test their ideas and best way to try to tackle the issue, whilst being free from a government that has absolutely no idea how the internet works.

These measures, for now, will be in implemented in the UK only, although this may be viewed as a test phase and if successful (probably not), it could be rolled out globally, although it’s hard to see the general public being very happy about this.

Torrent sites in themselves are not illegal, however they are continuously slammed and targeted by developers, copyright holders and out of touch governments. Attempts to remove torrent sites just see another 10 sprouting up, in fact, since attention to these sites has been highlighted in the media, their popularity has only increased.

Without going off on too much of a tangent, I along with many others, have always considered the problem to lay at the feet of the intellectual property holders and developers. There are reasons people use torrent sites, and they need to discuss WHY people download from them, and not how.

A prime example would be the actual cost they put on their games or music, is asking full price £40-60 for an unfinished game that requires DLC to complete fair? Does that superstar mega artist “singer” really need that 4th house, or is this simply a case of greed?

If you want to take a look at the Bill in its current form, take a look here.

Do you think banning torrent sites from search results will work (probably not)? What would you do to address the issue?

Anthony Cartwright

Disqus Comments Loading...

Recent Posts

ASRock Updates Website With More Info On AM5 X670E Taichi Motherboard

Initially revealed back at Computex a little over a month ago, with the official unveiling…

11 hours ago

Netflix Confirms ‘Ad Tier’ May Arrive Before the End of the Year

Netflix is currently in the middle of something which can only be described as a…

11 hours ago

FromSoftware Recruiting for New Gaming Title (While Hinting Another Imminent Release)

Released earlier this year to critical acclaim from both fans and critics, FromSoftware is undoubtedly…

11 hours ago

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1630 Now Rumoured for June 28th Release

Earlier this year, rumours began to appear online suggesting that Nvidia was planning the launch…

11 hours ago

Intel i9-13900 Engineering Sample Suggests 20% Performance Gain on Alder Lake

At some point around September/October this year (give or take) Intel is expected to announce…

11 hours ago

AMD Confirms Radeon 7000 GPUs Will Require More Power!

Immediately prior to the release of current-gen graphics cards, one of the most consistent debated…

1 day ago