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We can only assume that on a daily basis, movie studios have some kind of system in place where they scan for torrent activity for their movies, as well as scour the web for any links or listings that will take users to piracy websites where they can download content illegally. From there these studios will report the links to Google and request they remove it from search listings.

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This is why sometimes when you try to search for illegal torrents on Google, you will find certain search results have been omitted because of these takedown requests. Hilariously enough, it seems that due to the automation of the system, or maybe they’ve just been too lazy to double check, the folks at The Next Web have found that movie studios have actually been reporting themselves to Google.

In the links submitted to Google, it has been discovered that movie studios have been including “http://127.0.0.1”, which for those unfamiliar is basically the system’s localhost, or in other words your own computer where a torrent client is running on. This has apparently happened many times in the past, with the most recent coming from Universal Pictures France when they asked Google to remove links to Jurassic World.

Other hilarious examples include NBC Universal who submitted a bunch of requests to remove 47 Ronin from their computers, and Workman Publishing who apparently felt that 108 links on their computer to a pirated Life of Pi audiobook was worth asking for a takedown as well. Oops.

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