Google has begun to remove terms associated with piracy from its search results in Google Instant Search, and from Google Suggest. This's part of Google's promise:
"We'll prevent terms that're closely associated with piracy from appearing in Autocomplete. While it's hard to know for sure when search terms are being used to find infringing content, we'll do our best to prevent Autocomplete from displaying the terms most frequently used for that purpose."
Google seems to be catching some unrelated terms in the process. That includes searches involving the word "torrent" as well as "BitTorrent," both a company in San Francisco, as well as the peer-to-peer sharing protoco. Another term on Google's list is "rapidshare," a file-hosting web site.
The bigger issue aside from possibly overzealous filtering is that torrents aren't inherently illegal. It's a protocol that can be used illegally, but also has very legitimate uses, too. Likewise, RapidShare and sites like it can also be used for completely legal purposes.
BitTorrent, isn't too happy with this move. VP Simon Morris told TorrentFreak.com how the company feels:
"We respect Google's right to determine algorithms to deliver appropriate search results to user requests. That being said, our company's trademarked name is fairly unique, and we're pretty confident that anyone typing the first six or seven letters deserves the same easy access to results as with any other company search," Morris said.