I will admit that I have a certain soft spot in my heart for digital pirates. Yes, what many pirates do is against many existing US copyright laws, however, I often view them as pioneers of the information age that refuse to be constraind by corporate support of the status que. So I was a happy to read that Google is refusing to deindex sites from their results on the sole basis that they are "pirate" sites.
The copyright industry and Google continues to quibble about online piracy, both in public and behind closed doors. Copyright holders want Google to remove pirate websites from its search results but Google’s Eric Schmidt says this is not going to happen. Schmidt stresses that his company is making changes to reduce piracy, but that policing the web and deleting websites goes against Google’s philosophy.
Pretty cool huh? But, lets try to forget that Google is siding with digital pioneers and remind ourselves that Google is willing to play hard in the face of public dialog when it comes to supporting a free and open exchange of information. But at the same time they are quitely deindexing thousands of sites each month that violate their ambigious quality guidelines. Double standards much?