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Bye Bye Torrents? Google, Yahoo and Bing to ban downloading sites

Many countries have taken measures to shut down the peer-to-peer downloads site but somehow the torrent sites are still accessible to many users via new websites.

tech Updated: Feb 14, 2017 09:33 IST
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Many countries have taken measures to shut down the peer-to-peer downloads site but somehow the torrent sites are still accessible to many users via new websites.

It might soon be time to bid adieu to Torrent aggregating sites as new reports indicate that search giants such as Google, Yahoo and Microsoft’s Bing search may have finally decided to ban the torrent sites.

According to a new report from TorrentFreak, Google, Yahoo and Bing executives met the entertainment industry in the UK facilitated by the Brithish Intellectual Property office and the search giants are close to signing a deal to ban the torrent aggregators.

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“Since the idea was last discussed in Parliament, Intellectual Property Office officials have chaired a further round table meeting between search engines and representatives of the creative industries, said Baroness J.P. Buscombe, from the Digital Economy Bill committee. She also said that there are elements to be settled still, but the “key content of the code” has been agreed upon and an agreement should be “reached very soon”.

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As per the report, UK wants the Bill to come into effect from June 1, this year. Buscombe also said that the search engines involved in this work “have been very co-operative, making changes to their algorithms and processes, but also working bilaterally with creative industry representatives to explore the options for new interventions and how existing processes might be streamline”.

Although the discussions are only for UK, a success in the country could see other nations adopting similar strategies.