One of the ways that Google deals with sites that infringe on music, movies, video games, and software copyrights is to block them from showing up in its search engine's auto-complete suggestions.
Although BitTorrent claims never to have dealt in piracy, it is one such site that has been blocked for years. Now, it appears that Google has quietly allowed BitTorrent back into the fold.
Previously, when users typed "bitt" into Google's search box, a list of words came up that didn't include "BitTorrent." Now, when "bitt" is typed in, "BitTorrent" pops up right away.
BitTorrent has been working to clean up its public image over the last several months. In June, the company's vice president of marketing Matt Mason announced that while BitTorrent built the open-source, peer-to-peer technology used for content sharing, it does not endorse piracy in any shape or form.
BitTorrent isn't the only site to have fallen into Google's bad graces. Sites like RapidShare, uTorrent, and MegaUpload have also been banned from the search engine's auto-complete suggestions. A year ago, Google added several new sites to its blacklist; included in this batch was popular torrent tracker the Pirate Bay.
When contacted by CNET regarding BitTorrent reappearing in auto-complete, a Google spokesperson said, "We frequently make changes and updates to our algorithms. This is not as a result of any change in our policies."
Update, September 25 at 10:10 a.m. PT: Adds comment from Google spokesperson.