Tech Columnist DAVID SNELLING published an article on the Pirate Bay.
THE Pirate Bay and other torrent users will soon find it much harder to search for illegal content as Google and Bing join forces to demote sites.
The crackdown on torrent sites such as The Pirate Bay and KickAss Torrents continues.
Last month a new initiative was launched by the Get it Right Campaign which is issuing people with a 20-day warning after they’ve accessed files illegally.
Now search giants, Google and Microsoft’s Bing, have joined the war to stop certain files such as movies and music being shared online.
THE TWO COMPANIES HAVE JUST ANNOUNCED THAT THEY HAVE SIGNED UP TO A VOLUNTARY CODE OF PRACTICE
The two companies have just announced that they’ve signed up to a voluntary code of practice which will demote pirate sites in search results.
This means movie fans attempting to find a film via Google or Bing will be sent to official websites rather than those that host illegal torrents.
It’s thought the new initiative will be in full operation by this summer and has been back by the government.
Along with attempting to stop illegal file sharing it’s hoped the new measures will help to keep more people safe online.
The organisers of the new agreement say that pirate sites can but users’ online security could at risk as illegal files can be infected with malware and other types of cyber viruses.
Speaking to the BBC, Eddy Leviten, director general at trade body the Alliance for Intellectual Property, said: “Sometimes people will search for something and they will end up unwittingly being taken to a pirated piece of content.
“What we want to ensure is that the results at the top of the search engines are the genuine ones. It is about protecting people who use the internet, but also protecting the creators of that material too.”
THIS LATEST NEWS COMES AS THE FIRST WAVE OF WARNINGS HAVE BEEN SENT OUT TO USERS OF TORRENT SITES
This latest news comes as the first wave of warnings have been sent out to users of torrent sites.
Not only do the emails explain what you’ve done wrong but contain a swathe of information including IP address, name of file accessed, who owns the copyright and exactly when the file was downloaded.
One torrent user has released a copy of the message they received to TorrentFreak, which reveals the full extent of what is known about illegal activity taking place on computers.
The original email came from Sky, the users’ Internet Service Provider, but this message then links to the “Get it Right” campaign website.
Once the link is followed all of the details about the illegal activity are revealed and a message explains how to stop it happening again.
It’s thought all activity is held on file for a year and, if the person continues to download files, more emails will be sent.
According to the campaign website, “The Get it Right Educational Email programme is designed to educate consumers about what’s happening on their Internet Service Provider (ISP) account.”