So I got to send a DMCA notice this morning for someone hosting The Crimson Pact on their pirate site. The only reason I found it was due to a Google Alert.
And that makes me question the policy of downgrading pirate sites in search results.
Should I start changing my alerts to “all results” (and get a bunch of random unrelated crap), or will I still see pirate results so that I can actually ask they be taken down?
I don’t know the answer to that question. I wish I did. But it does tell me that simply removing it from the public eye isn’t going to make piracy go away.
If you pirated some of our work, buy a copy for a friend. Buy the next thing that comes out. Support those making the art and entertainment you enjoy.