Pirate Content Will Be Difficult To Find Due To Google’s New Update

Published on February 24th, 2022

Google has updated its DMCA policy which was created in 2012. According to new google update, it will be harder to find pirate content (including anime) on Google search engine.

According to Google’s new policy, if a website receives a lot of DMCA strikes from the copyright holders, Google will remove 89% of URLs of the said website, meaning the website in question will be 89% less visible.

How will this change Anime Piracy?

Anime fans who watch their favorite series on an illegal website might face some problems due to this update. If you are one of those fans who searches for latest anime episodes by typing in Google search bar, you might not find any result, or your favorite anime website might be missing in search result.

However, if you directly go the website, without searching for it on Google, you are in luck, because Google can only remove URLs or websites from its own search engine, but these websites could still be visible if you use another search engine. We do recommend using official streaming services like Crunchyroll or Funimation to watch anime, in order to support your favorite anime studios and manga authors.

Here is the official statement from Google:

We have developed a “demotion signal” for Google Search that causes sites for which we have received a large number of valid removal notices to appear much lower in search results. We have also made it much harder for infringing sites to evade demotion by redirecting people to a new domain. Finally, we have added a “still-in-theaters/prerelease” flag for DMCA notices involving this category of content to enhance the Search demotion signal. When a site is demoted, the traffic Google Search sends it drops, on average, by 89% on average.”

Furthermore, Google had added another option for DMCA strikes called “still-in-theaters/prerelease”. This new option will let copyright holders to send DMCA notice to website who post leaks etc. This also includes manga websites who post early leaks/panels before the official chapter release.

What are your thoughts on this new policy of Google?? Will this change anime piracy? Let us know your opinion in the comment section.

22 thoughts on “Pirate Content Will Be Difficult To Find Due To Google’s New Update

    1. Hmm, let’s see. “Anime Veterans” who are unwilling to put in the effort to financially support whatever entertainment they are consuming. And Google, a search engine backed up by a multi-billion dollar which has been in the business since the “Anime Veterans” started walking.
      I sure wonder who’d win if this “war” starts.
      Also, I fail to see how people who’d type in “demon slayer new episode 2022” are called “Anime Veterans”

      1. Its been proven for decades piracy doesnt damage their earnings. Its also been proven it only is a thing due their own bad distribution, prices, censoring, availability etc, meaning if they fixed that instead of fighiting for years in a losing battle, theyd be profiting more anyways. Even so, most of the profits taken by these billionaire corporations dont go to creators either way, not to mention the engagement increase fansubs gave to the scene over the decades in which it was barely on tv. The very fact you use corporate branded souless words like “product”, “consuming”, “entertainment” already unmasks and exposes what you really are here.

        Yes, it IS “Anime Veterans” and they are much bigger fans than a faker like you could ever be, who thinks dronelly obeying some bad western distributor makes you a good little poseur, thats even ignoring many support creators in better ways like with merch. Take your bad p.r. somewhere else, these out of touch executives waste millions in this for decades and it just keeps blowing in their face, imagine if they used the money to defend themselves online to instead give better offerings..

      2. Well of course v r gunna win. V have been supporting anime much more than those idiots who pay for it. First of all it doesn’t harms Japan animation companies whether v watch their anime for free or not. They usually create it with the goal of making it popular in Japan not globally.

      3. I want to watch anime from legal website but I can’t because of restrictions from linceses. In my country I only can watch on crunchyroll or Netflix. So the only way is using piracy site. The other site dont want take my money.

  1. what if some country doesn’t have any legal platform I’m from one of those countries I’m willing to pay but there aren’t any platforms !

  2. They don’t seem to realize that policies like these are sure to get abused by copyright holders. They should shut it down before that happens.

  3. Because 1st of my account not open and this account allowed to open my Google but you dont worry because Adnan and EMELYN TANJAY is only one its me.
    .go your news everyday IAM ready to watch it thanks

  4. Look what if they don’t offer it in your region? Like there is only 2 legal apps/websites that you can watch anime on where I live first one only has 5 anime them being Tokyo ghoul,one piece (only first 256 episodes and some isekai and not the good ones and the other is crunchy roll but legit doesn’t have any anime just news and stuff subscribed to both btw but forced to pirate anime.

    1. yeah some legal websites are late sometimes even on the updates it feels like the money you spent on the website is not worth it to be honest.

    2. If you already bookmarked your favorite sites, it won’t stop you from accessing them.

      Or just use a different search engine.

  5. As always they waste a fortune in a losing battle theyve been losing in all fronts for decades, against real fans no less who are the onlly reason they even have a west audience right now (cause they sure didnt cared about building the fanbases who existed solely due fanworks for decades). This will do nothing, they will have wasted a fortune again, and yet have not given better distribution, service, pricing and access which is what they should care for

    This whole thing only decreases when people have good offerings and increases when they dont, these virulent measures matter not, its been proven and verified for years yet the incompeptent ip holders INSIST in take the wrong path every time.

  6. I will never watch anime on funimation or crunchyroll. I simply get a better experience, as with many pirated things, and its this lack of care from a purely business mindset these companies adopt that make them fall short of simply higher quality pirated anime sights. weather it be objectively better ui design or compression algorithms and higher bitrate that make the quality noticeably better on PIRATED SITES. A much better alternative is when I go out and buy blurays for the anime I genuinely enjoyed and want to support, likewise with the manga. Everyone gets the best outcome. I get to stream free convenient high quality anime from sites people passionate about anime rather than profit run, I get to support the studio for producing the anime AND at the end of the day I get to rewatch an amazing show in the highest possible quality.

  7. So people who don’t get “official” platforms are fucked in the ass, at least that’s good that there are other search engines to fight this.

  8. Google realizes there are other search engines right? Sorry, but I don’t think people are interested in companies that want to play gatekeeper to information.

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