Search engine giant Google has announced a change to how it treats certain types of sites in search results.
In a blog post the company announced that sites with a large number of copyright claims against them would be penalised:
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
The post also included an interesting statistic: In the past 30 days Google has processed over 4.3 million URL removal requests!
The Guardian suggests that this change in attitude with respect to copyright holders might assist Google’s business plans to license content from rights holders.
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- The Emanuel Update: DMCA Requests Now Used In Google’s Ranking Algorithm (searchengineland.com)
- Google to begin punishing pirate sites in search results (theverge.com)
- New Google Algorithm Change Immediately Raises Concerns (webpronews.com)