JustWatch Claims Google’s Anti-Piracy Efforts Haven’t Hurt Streaming Sites
Google's Piracy Update has worked well removing torrent sites but not so well with illegal streaming sites, says a study.
JustWatch, a search engine for legal video streams based in Berlin, published a report that says Google’s promises to crack down on illegal sites haven’t held up.
JustWatch says in a study it did that this is true for only one type of site — torrent sites that offer files for download. Here is a screen shot, from the report, showing the drop in those sites in Google’s index after the Pirate update:
But JustWatch says for streaming sites, there’s been no impact based on visibility data it gathered for 20 sites. Here is a screen shot from them showing a 1,500-percent increase in these illegal streaming sites found in Google since the October 2014 update:
It’s clear Google certainly has had issues, as we’ve covered earlier this year, but this is the first report showcasing the issue with a larger sample size.
We’ve asked Google for a comment on this.
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