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Google Says It Received 1.2 Million Copyright Infringement Requests Last Month

 10:23 am on May 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

Google Says It Received 1.2 Million Copyright Infringement Requests Last Month [googleblog.blogspot.co.uk]
Today were expanding the Transparency Report with a new section on copyright. Specifically, were disclosing the number of requests we get from copyright owners (and the organizations that represent them) to remove Google Search results because they allegedly link to infringing content. Were starting with search because we remove more results in response to copyright removal notices than for any other reason. So were providing information about who sends us copyright removal notices, how often, on behalf of which copyright owners and for which websites. As policymakers and Internet users around the world consider the pros and cons of different proposals to address the problem of online copyright infringement, we hope this data will contribute to the discussion.

For this launch were disclosing data dating from July 2011, and moving forward we plan on updating the numbers each day. As you can see from the report, the number of requests has been increasing rapidly. These days its 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. These requests targeted some 24,000 different websites.



 11:01 am on May 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

Google's mission is to collect all of the world's data, and it's therefore no surprise that a huge chunk of it is not legal in some way. What's surprising is that it has taken this long for people to become active in seeking removal.


 8:48 pm on May 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

Now, wait. 250,000 requests per week, 1.2 million per month, involving 24,000 sites and 1000 copyright holders?

Counting on fingers tells me that's the same sites offending a lot of different people-- not just the scrapee. Where's the rubber stamp that says "If it's that obvious, what took them so long?"


 9:06 pm on May 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

By "disclosure" do they mean they are listing names etc of people who complained? If so I can see that leading to some serious DDOS attacks on sites - inbetween which scrapers such as, er, um, google? will nip in and steal some more content.

There are known IP ranges where most of the content and activity is illegal in one way or another (scrapers, virus-injectors etc) and I do not doubt there are server farms that are known for hosting stolen content. G seems to do nothing about either of these. But then, did we expect them to?

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