Google gets over 100,000 piracy takedown requests every hour

Google was asked to remove more than 19 million URLs from its search results in the week of 22 February 2016, the latest data from its Transparency Report shows.

The links allegedly pointed to material that infringes on copyright, which means that Google now gets over 100,000 piracy-related takedown requests per hour.

In the past month, 75 million URLs were reported by 3,071 organisations on 70,851 domains, involving 6,495 copyright owners.

As shown in the graph below, there has been a dramatic increase in requests over the past year.

During March 2014, the average number of requests hovered around 6 million per week, increasing to 8 million during 2015.

In July 2015, the number of takedown requests rocketed past 10 million, and has been climbing rapidly since.

Google Transparency Report copyright take-downs to 2016-02-22
Google Transparency Report – copyright takedowns to 2016-02-22

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