If you search on Google regularly, you may have noticed omitted entries on some search results pages. For those of you who have never encountered that, try searching for windows 7 torrent and scroll down to the end of the page. DMCA complaints are the major reason for removals of search results, and other forms, like court ordered removals or governmental removals, may not be displayed that transparently on the search results page.
When it comes to DMCA complaints though, Google displays each individual complaint separately on the results page. Individual complains may include one or multiple addresses that Google removed from the search results. An address in this case is always an individual page on a domain, and not a domain itself (even though it is possible that the main domain name has been removed, subpages may still be accessible).
Each entry links to two pages. The first links to Google's DMCA Policy page where you find information about the proceedings when the company receives DMCA complaints, the second to the actual complaint that led to the removal of the result. And that's where it begins to get interesting.
The second page displays the DMCA complaint, listing the sender of the complaint, the reason for the removal, and the allegedly infringing links. A complaint may list one, multiple, or hundreds of links that you can open in your web browser of choice, to access the results despite the fact that they have been removed from Google's primary search page.
In Firefox, you can highlight the url, right-click it, and select open link, or open link in new tab. There are several reasons why you may want to take a look at the removed results on Google. Maybe you are researching a particular topic, or want to check out for yourself whether a web page is infringing on copyright or not.
While not the most comfortable way of accessing removed results on Google Search, it appears to be the only option for users who want to do just that.
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