Harris says the move won't make piracy go away, but it might give rise to sites that are able to game Google's new algorithm.
"If you block a site today, pirates will go to a different site tomorrow," Harris says.
In a New York Times op-ed posted earlier this week, tech reporter Nick Bilton wrote that Internet pirates will always win.
"Stopping online piracy is like playing the world's largest game of Whac-A-Mole," he wrote.
Jason Koebler is a science and technology reporter for U.S. News & World Report. You can follow him on Twitter or reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org