Those of you downloading episodes of Girls illegally, beware: Google is changing up its search algorithm to make it harder to find pirated material.
Here's their explanation, via their company blog:
Starting next week, we will begin taking into account a new signal in our rankings: the number of valid copyright removal notices we receive for any given site. Sites with high numbers of removal notices may appear lower in our results. This ranking change should help users find legitimate, quality sources of content more easily—whether it’s a song previewed on NPR’s music website, a TV show on Hulu or new music streamed from Spotify.
According to the Atlantic Wire, Google's been processing more copyright claims than ever before, and thus can determine which sites are repeat offenders and deserve to be punished.
A Google spokesperson told TPM in a statement that “we will only be counting valid copyright removal notices, submitted under penalty of perjury by copyright owners, that meet our takedown criteria.”
For those of you interested, Google also already publishes a list of those domains that have received “valid” copyright removal requests in the past month and year: extratorrent.com and torrenthound.com lead the list.