Stan Schroeder from Mashable published an article yesterday saying Google has become a Torrent search engine.

“….is that the entertainment industry is suing something that’s not much different from a search engine. Using Google’s Custom Search Engine, someone has created a Google based torrent search engine”


He then goes on to say

Is Google, then, the next in line to be sued for copyright infringement, or assisting in making copyright content available? If it weren’t too big to be sued, it probably would be.

I have no issues in supporting Pirate bay and other similar sites. But why bring in Google and link it with piracy? Comparing Torrent Search engines like Pirate Bay and mininova with Google is atrocious. Pirate Bay and Mininova does nothing but collect all the trackers / torrents and index them. In addition to indexing, they have their own trackers which people use to download illegal content. But what is Google doing? They just index all the pages on the internet regardless of what those pages contain.


I am a fan of Mashable, but I expect them to write sensibly rather than creating articles with sensational headlines. Being a leading Technology blog, they can manipulate people’s opinions very fast. Many might think that Google must be sued as well, but then that defeats the ideology of Free and fair Internet.

Over to You

I would love to know what you think of it? Is Google same as Pirate Bay? Does Google deserve to be sued as well? At the first place, did Pirate Bay got a fair trial?

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15 thoughts on “Grow Up Mashable – Google is NOT a Torrent Search Engine

  1. Google also provide leads to sites/blogs containing illegal content. Its in no way different to what piratebay and other torrent search engines do.

    Come to think about it, Youtube contains more number of illegal movies than all torrent sites combined.

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    • @aritra,
      Google indexes pages, it does NOT provide leads to sites containing illegal content (unlike PirateBay). This was the point I made in the post as well.
      “Indexing and providing direct leads are 2 different things”
      Isn’t it?

  2. Google is a great tool. Stan Schroeder couldn’t have had written that post without researching and verifying the facts with the help of Google.

  3. Google is a bigger torrent searcher than Pirate Bay ever was.
    Just try searching: filetype:torrent springsteen
    or whatever you like.
    A torrent file by itself is not more illegal than a link is it? A torrent searcher is only different from a general searcher by technical means.
    It is not clear to me what the Pirate Bay is doing, that Google does not do, but in a much larger scale. They both host links.

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    • @Peter
      “It is not clear to me what the Pirate Bay is doing, that Google does not do”
      Pirate Bay hosts TRACKERS. I hope you know what a tracker is (, etc), Google just indexes the page containing these trackers. If we see at a much much broader level, what you are saying is right – Both host links, but at a realistic level, both are just not same.

  4. I agree with you completely. Mashable is just trying to rank the hits on this one. Any search engine just archives pages and not trackers. I’m in support of both what Pirate Bay and Google are doing. if they want to prosecute people then prosecute those that are profiting or distributing it in masses on server farms.

  5. Actually lets get a bit more specific.

    Pirate bay and mininova are not really Torrent search engines… they are sites which HOST TORRENTS with a search bar implemented into their site.

    A Torrent search engine is quite different… It’s a website which searches sites which HOST TORRENTS…. Big Difference. A good example is = Torrent Search Engine = Torrent Hosting site

    Big difference here… and yes, I actually agree with mashable. Sites like and Google are both the same in respects to how fetching of other sites information is concerned. In this case a site like is perfectly legal because they do not host any torrents. They are only a search engine much like Google and Yahoo.

    You have quite misunderstood mashable’s post…. Cheers!

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