Pirate Bay’s Android Apps kicked out by Google from Play Store

Posted: December 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

Pirate Bay’s woes continue weeks after it was banned from Iceland and the indictment of one of its founders, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg AKA Anakata, by a Danish Court.

In the major blow to its Android App developers, Google has removed several popular Pirate Bay apps from the Play Store. An email sent to developers claims that the apps violate intellectual property provisions of Google’s content policy.  Google’s more comes a week after British ISPs started blocking torrents including privates ones in United Kingdom.

Google has come down pretty hard on the Apps which include “The Pirate Bay Proxy,” “The Pirate Bay Premium,” “The Pirate Bay Mirror” and “PirateApp.” Readers may also note that Google has also changed its search algorithm which now downgrades and often suppresses the torrent related websites to back pages because of several copyright infringing issues.

Most of the Apps are nothing but mobile and torrent seek engine optimized web browsers for The Pirate Bay.  Some premium Apps offer proxy services to the users so that they can circumvent the local ISP access blocks to download the files.

The Google’s actions to remove the App seems one sided and pro-active as there is no mention of DMCA notice for taking down the App in the email being sent to the developers of these Apps.  The email cites the primary reason for the removal of the above said apps is “violation the intellectual property and impersonation or deceptive behavior provisions of the Content Policy.” The contents of the email are give  bellow:piratebaygoogleplay

The developer of “The Pirate Bay Proxy” App Gavin said that he had appealed to Google against the take down of the App but Google denied his appeal with the following comment :

“We have reviewed your appeal and will not be reinstating your app. This decision is final and we will not be responding to any additional emails regarding this removal.”

Gavin said that “The Pirate Bay Proxy” was just a mobile optimized web browser and had nothing to do with IP related issues.  His App was very popular among the users with a estimated 900,000 downloads and 45,000 active users per day.  “The app is no different from Firefox or Chrome in that it’s a tool which provides access to TPB or any other web address,” Gavin says.

Those users, who have already downloaded the apps can continue to use them, for now, however the Google Play Store link is no longer available. Though the website of “The Pirate Bay Proxy” is still hosting the APK file for the App which the users may download at their own risk.

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