Copyright violation complaints against SA sites

Google recently updated its transparency report, in which it noted one take-down request from a South African government agency on copyright grounds.

This single request from South Africa was among the 3,846 government requests to remove 24,737 pieces of content, and it isn’t even clear whether the agency that submitted the request was actually part of the SA government.

However, there were a number of removal requests in terms of the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act against sites hosted on .co.za domains.

The statistics from Google reveal that since it started reporting the numbers in 2010, BidOrBuy.co.za has had the most URLs reported, followed closely by iza.co.za which has had the most URLs removed.

The top 10 South African sites in terms of the number of URLs reported by DMCA takedown requests sent to Google are summarised in the table below:

.co.za domain URLs removed URLs for which no action was taken
bidorbuy.co.za 275 376
iza.co.za 501 20
janobarnard.co.za 148 49
macspares.co.za 74 0
afribaba.co.za 63 3
torrentbox.co.za 56 0
kiclassifieds.co.za 48 2
wozaonline.co.za 29 5
el-roi.co.za 2 29
gumtree.co.za 2 27

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