Paul Resnikoff: Kickasstorrents.com Seized by the Feds. Google Points to a Clone…Whose Side Is Google On?

                                              CAPONE
People are going to drink.  You know it, I know it.
All I do is act on that.  And all this talk of “bootlegging…”
On the boat, it’s bootlegging, on Lake Shore Drive, it’s hospitality.
I’m just a businessman.

From The Untouchables, written by David Mamet.

On July 20th, the US Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, as well as the IRS, jointly seized and shut down Kickasstorrents, the largest torrent site in the world (that is, until last week).  The abrupt shutdown also involved a number of other Kickasstorrents (or ‘KAT’) domains, with a number of domain name registrars complying with federal orders to snip access to the site.

Those takedowns followed a multi-year war between the Pirate Bay and Hollywood, though just like the Pirate Bay, a number of copycat KAT clones quickly started popping up.  Since July 20th, the main kickasstorrents.com site has looked like this, leaving a massive void for imitators.

But that main result is now totally wiped from Google’s results page, replaced by Kickasstorrents clone kickasstorrentsan.com.  And Google isn’t just returning that results to detailed queries searching for clones.  Rather, this is the top result for a generic search for ‘kickasstorrents’.  Easy!

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Torrentfreak: Google Search Promotes Pirate Movie Rankings and Links

In recent months Google has experimented with exactly this. People who search for classic “pirate” terms may see ads for legal options. In addition, the search engine now shows a snippet with all sorts of movie details when people search for a title.

This movie information also includes reviews and ratings from around the web, with links to IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and other prominent sites. A useful feature for sure, but Hollywood will not like all of the sites that are featured.

Among various established sources, Google is also showing ratings from the “pirate” streaming site FMovies. As can be seen below, FMovies user ratings are tucked between IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes, using the rather inviting title “Watch Free Movies Online.”

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Google Promotes Pirate Movie Ratings In Search Snippet