Recently Google removed a bunch of extensions which directly allowed user to access content on pirated sites. The official reason cited by Google is, “We don’t allow products or services that violate third-party terms of service, or products or services that encourage, facilitate, or enable the unauthorized access, download, or streaming of copyrighted content or media.”
The apps in question allowed a user to directly access the index of the torrent site. By using their extension you could have directly accessed the search results generated by sites like thepiratebay, kickass torrents and torlock .
TorrentFreak says that it was unfair since if a user types Linux, he will get Linux results from the torrent index. One of the most common defense a pirate enthusiast raises is that “Linux is distributed via torrents” or “Linux uses torrent”.
Since this statement piqued my curiosity, I did search “Linux” on these sites. It led to links to outdated distros (Sabayon 3.5.1 & Pardus -2008?), bootleg/insecure Operating Systems (Official Chrome OS with Cinnamon 1.6!?!), malicious software (2MB atunes .exe installer for Linux), links to pirated reading material (books,magazines) and a bunch of pirated software for Linux . Either way 96%-100% of the links displayed by these torrent indexes lacked relevance or linked to copyrighted material.
This goes to prove that these torrent indexes lack relevance or credibility and shouldn’t be trusted for “Linux” related downloads the very least.
While it is a fact that most popular distros offer torrent as an alternative to regular download, it’s another fact that most of them are not indexed on these sites for security concerns. Use of Linux as a defense to maintain these sites is improper.
Google was well within its rights to remove these extensions. From the security point of view, its better that people don’t have direct access to their indexes.
Source: Torrent Freak