Google began taking down apps that are based on services offered by The Pirate Bay Friday in an effort to curb piracy. Google sent developers of The Pirate Bay Proxy, The Pirate Bay Mirror, PirateApp, and The Pirate Bay Premium emails notifying them that their apps have been removed from the Google Play Store citing violation of the company’s content policy.
As reported by Torrent Freak:
Another drastic move came today when Google began removing many Pirate Bay related apps from its Play store. The apps in question include “The Pirate Bay Proxy,” “The Pirate Bay Premium,” “The Pirate Bay Mirror” and “PirateApp.”
Though the apps have been removed, it looks like Google is being proactive with safeguarding against piracy as it did not come with a DMCA takedown notice. These apps are described as providing mobile-optimized access to The Pirate Bay, and some came with a poxy site to circumvent any blocks from local service providers. Google says that the apps are in violation of the intellectual property provision of its content policy:
“REASON FOR REMOVAL: Violation of the intellectual property and impersonation or deceptive behavior provisions of the Content Policy. Please refer to the IP infringement and impersonation policy help article for more information,” the email reads.
The developer behind The Pirate Bay Proxy says that his app is really no different than any browser.
“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.