Posted by Ars Technic on August 17, 2018 03:59:22 Google will not be allowed to search for and report on copyrighted material on the website of its self-described “digital encyclopedia,” the Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday.
The commission said that after a review of the company’s search engine results, Google will no longer be able to index articles that “violate the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.”
“This change in policy will take effect on August 19, 2018,” the FTC wrote in a letter to Google.
“The FCC does not endorse or encourage use of search engines or search engine optimization techniques to promote the sale or use of copyrighted materials.”
The DMCA covers everything from the purchase of copyrighted music and movies to the sale of computer programs.
The law is intended to protect the right of creators and consumers to access content.
Google has a history of targeting sites that it believes may violate the law.
It removed links to “Penguin Random House” and “Harvard University” from its search results in April 2018 after users complained.
The company also removed links from news sites and other sites in March 2018, after users filed a complaint with the FTC.
Google, which operates Google Search, says it will review its practices and update its policies in response to the changes.
The company did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment.