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Google Search to Downgrade Sites With Copyright Removal Notices

posted on 2012-08-11 02:36 EDT

Google announced on Friday that it may lower the search rankings of sites based on "the number of valid copyright removal notices we receive" for them. The change will begin next week.

Google explained that the change "should help users find legitimate, quality sources of content more easily—whether it's a song previewed on NPR's music website, a TV show on Hulu or new music streamed from Spotify." Google added that it received copyright removal notices for more than 4.3 million URLs in the last 30 days.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news tip.

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, The Verge via Slashdot


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