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Google Ordered to Block Piracy Searches in France

19 Jul, 2012 By: Chris Tribbey

Google has been ordered to block search terms related to piracy in France, that country’s supreme court has ruled, according to a report by the United Kingdom’s The Register news service.

Terms including “torrent,” “Megaupload” and “Rapidshare” must be censored in searches, according to the ruling, which was marked as a win by the French music industry trade group SNEP.

“This decision in principle is a first in France, which shows that search engines should participate in the regulation of the Internet,” SNEP chief David El Sayegh told The Register.

The court did not find Google responsible for illegal downloads, but Google did express disappointment in the ruling.

“Google Autocomplete algorithmically returns search queries that are a reflection of the search activity of all Web users,” a spokesperson told The Register. “Google takes online copyright very seriously, and we will keep working with content creators in order to help them reach new audiences online and protect against piracy.”

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