Google has admitted that an error caused it to remove The Pirate Bay from its results pages.
In a statement, posted on CNET, Google said that it: “Received a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) take-down request that erroneously listed Thepiratebay.org, and as a result, this URL was accidentally removed from the Google search index.
“We are now correcting the removal, and you can expect to see Thepiratebay.org back in Google search results this afternoon.” It later updated its statement to read: “The removal appears to be an internal error and not part of a DMCA request.”
Peter Sunde-Kolmisoppi, co-founder of The Pirate Bay, told Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet that its attorney sent a letter to both Google and the companies that are suspected of being behind the allegations and demanded that The Pirate Bay be returned to Google's index.
Svenska Dagbladet reported that The Pirate Bay accused Google of censoring a competitor and of stifling free expression.