Google has removed The Pirate Bay from its AutoComplete feature among many other file sharing websites.
According to an article on TorrentFreak, Google has blocked The Pirate Bay, isoHunt, 4Shared, Torrentreactor and others from its Instant and AutoComplete features. The websites, however, remain indexed on Google search.
Users will now have to type in the full name to get results pertaining to the websites. Google and copyright champions believe the move will lead to a reduction in the number of hits these websites receive.
"While there is no silver bullet for infringement online, this measure is one of several that we have implemented to curb copyright infringement online," Google spokesman Mistique Cano told TorrentFreak.
"This is something we looked at and thought we could make some narrow and relatively easy changes to our AutoComplete algorithm that could make a positive difference," Cano added.
Google started banning file sharing and torrent websites from Instant and AutoComplete since January 2011. Terms like RapidShare, BitTorrent and torrent are already barred from the features apart from the new ones Google recently banned.
Other names banned by Google include, "btjunkie," "kickasstorrents," "sumotorrent," "btmon," "extratorrent."