If millions of pirate sites do not appear in Google, it is because the search engine has banned them from its list. Nevertheless, some manage to slip through the cracks, because Google delists them based on their domain name. To go even further in its fight against piracy, the search engine has just added a new deindexing method.
Search engines that de-index sites that offer pirated content, this is nothing new. Even Bing recently started banning illegal download sites. But in the case of Google, it’s already been more than a dozen years since the Mountain View giant no longer displays illegal download pages in its search results (as soon as they have been identified as such, of course).
Since then, millions of sites have been de-indexed from the search engine, making access to them more complicated for Internet users. But until then, these sites were banned based on their domain name. However, some pages managed to slip through the cracks. Google just found another way to delist them, based on the IP address of the sites in question.
How Illegal Sites Get Around Google’s Restrictions
When an illegal download site is identified, legal action usually ensues. From then on, his domain name no longer appears in Google’s query results. This is why during a search on the famous engine, the following message can sometimes be displayed: “In response to a complaint received under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), we have removed xxx result(s) from this page.”
For its part, your Internet service provider can also intervene. This is what recently happened to about fifty pirate sites that were blocked by ISPs, some of which hosted or provided access to more than 34,000 films and series.
Nevertheless, some sites manage to bypass the measures put in place by Google and ISPs. For this, rather than using a domain name, they use a simple IP address. This is what has just happened in Lithuania, for example: more than a dozen illegal sites have been identified, sites which were fully accessible from the Google search engine. This method of the IP address makes it possible to thwart DNS blocking, whether operated by Google or ISPs.
Google now de-indexes pirate sites based on their IP address
Bad luck for these illegal download sites. LRTK (Lithuanian Radio and Television Commission) explains the implementation of a new measure from Google: “Google representatives have informed us that URLs containing IP addresses reported by the Lithuanian radio and television, which allow access to illegally posted copyrighted content publicly, have been removed from the Google search system.”
In addition to their domain name, these pages are therefore deindexed according to their IP address. What makes their access even more complicated. But you will probably learn nothing if you are told that accessing an illegal download site is never completely impossible and that, despite engine measures undertaken by search engines and ISPs, hackers always find a way to circumvent the restrictions. A cat-and-mouse game that has been going on for almost three decades, and which is not about to stop.