2020 has been a good year for anyone who engages in online entertainment: Corona has left people at home and out of work, which has led to an increase in TV viewing, online viewing of movies, series and music and most of all a peak in the gaming industry. But it does not seem that those who could be expected to benefit from the corona more than anyone else are left out.
According to TorrentFreak, which is known to deal with cyber piracy, which relies on data from the monitoring company Muso, which the EU relies on to monitor the war on piracy, direct access to torrent sites and illegal video streams decreased by about 10% during 2020. The website notes that this is a continuation of a trend that has been going on for several years, except in March-April, during the first closures around the world, in which there was a temporary increase in entrances.
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Direct access to torrent sites from December 2019 to November 2020
But the more interesting statistic is the number of visits to these sites from search engines , and especially Google (Google) : the graph of visits to pirated sites from search results shows an annual decrease of no less than 30%. Another look shows that in most months there has been stability, and even a slight increase – but it ‘offset’ in the face of two major waves of declines, with the first starting in the second half of January and the second occurring at the beginning of May and dropping piracy by 20% in a few days.
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Visits to pirated sites from search engines from December 2019 to November 2020
The site notes that the timing of these two waves of declines is probably not coincidental: both came immediately after changes in Google’s search results ranking algorithm, which is known to control over 90% of the global search market – the first change took place between January 13 and 16, and the second on May 4th.
Google, for its part, does not list the changes it makes to the search algorithm, but over the years it has taken many steps to help fight piracy: every year the company removes millions of results from search results due to copyright requests, and from 2014 it even ‘punishes’ sites against them Many such inquiries were received by lowering their overall ranking in the search results.