Two file-sharing websites have suggested that Google's decision to demote in its search results websites linked to copyright-infringement complaints would not harm them.
The Pirate Bay and Isohunt said the move would only encourage users to search for material directly through their pages.
The two services added that Google was not their main source of traffic.
Google made the change after complaints from the media industry.
It also confirmed to the BBC that YouTube videos would be subject to its new regime.