Google removes millions of URLs to fight piracy

In its recently-released transparency report, Google has shown which companies are requesting URLs be taken down; who owns the copyright which leads to the takedown requests; and all of the targeted domains since July 2011.

The company claims that every URL that was deleted was done so because it involved piracy or copyright infringement.

Microsoft is the top complainer of copyright infringement, and has requested that a total of 2,544,209 URLs be removed.

Other companies that filed a large amount of takedown requests include NBCUniversal, the RIAA, the BPI, and Elegant Angel pornographic film studio.

Google claims to have complied with 97 percent of all takedown requests between July 2011 and December 2011.

“As you can see from the report, the number of requests has been increasing rapidly,” said Google’s senior copyright counsel, Fred von Lohmann.

“These days it’s not unusual for us to receive more than 250,000 requests each week, which is more than what copyright owners asked us to remove in all of 2009. In the past month alone, we received about 1.2 million requests made on behalf of more than 1,000 copyright owners to remove search results.”

Read the full story at: Cnet.

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Google removes millions of URLs to fight piracy