Google and other Search engines decide to ban torrent aggregating websites from search results
This news might shock the avid Torrentors. According to a report by Torrent Freak,
The agreement for the signing of a voluntary agreement between the search engines and the entertainment industry was discussed in a meeting conducted by the British Intellectual Property Office.
A draft amendment to the bill would allow UK government to enforce a code of practice on search engines, compelling them to deal with infringement – a proposal that has proven popular in parliament. However, when the matter was put forth again this week it was discovered that such an imposition won’t be necessary.
“Since the idea was last discussed in [parliament], Intellectual Property Office officials have chaired a further round-table meeting between search engines and representatives of the creative industries,” Baroness Buscombe said.
She further added, “While there are still elements of detail to be settled, the group is now agreed on the key content of the code and I expect an agreement to be reached very soon.”
“All parties have also agreed that the code should take effect, and the targets in it are reached, by 1 June this year. The search engines involved in this work have been very co-operative, making changes to their algorithms and processes, but also working bilaterally with creative industry representatives to explore the options for new interventions, and how existing processes might be streamlined.” the Baroness stated.
Now although these discussions are being conducted only in the UK, it could have wider implications. It’ll, however, be interesting to see if the search engines think about taking this on a global level or keep it constrained to the UK