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Google Copyright Actions Skyrocket

WebmasterWorld Administrator brett_tabke us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Msg#: 4488426 posted 1:24 pm on Aug 26, 2012 (gmt 0)


Remember when Google announced earlier this month that "the number of valid copyright removal notices we receive for any given site" will now be part of the algo?

Google also introduced the Google Transparency Report to help notice these changes: [webmasterworld.com...] [google.com...]
Looks like Google is getting far more than they ever bargained for?

The massive wave of DMCA takedowns sent by rightsholders to Google in recent months is growing at an astonishing rate. During the past month the number of takedown requests received by the search giant doubled to almost 1.5 million URLs per week. To put that into perspective, exactly one year ago weekly URL takedowns numbered just 131,577 per week, an increase of 1,137%.
During the week starting August 13, Google received takedown requests for 1,496,220 URLs, up 35% on the record set just two weeks earlier and a huge 1,137% increase over the 131,577 URL takedowns requested August 8 2011.

Google says that during the last four weeks it was asked by 1,825 copyright owners and 1,406 anti-piracy reporting organizations to remove 5,733,402 URLs across 32,545 domains, truly huge numbers which on recent trends look likely to increase.

While Google’s Transparency Report provides a much-valued window into the world of DMCA takedowns, it has also raised awareness among rightsholders. As can be seen from the graph above, takedown requests were fairly steady until May when the report was first published and now the stats have gone through the roof.


Google is receiving over a million requests for result removals a week. The past month has looked like this, in terms of those contacting the company:
1,825 copyright owners
1,406 anti-piracy reporting organizations
5,733,402 URLs
32,545 domains

That's downright insane for a single month, and it could well continue to increase. Google's Transparency Report was published earlier this year, but since its publication, figures have rocketed. Perhaps the groups doing the reporting have gotten wise to the results, so waited until they couldn't be impacted by their requests? [neowin.net...]

Google online content removal tool: [support.google.com...]
Google Transparency Report : [google.com...]

[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 2:14 pm (utc) on Aug 27, 2012]



Msg#: 4488426 posted 7:53 am on Sep 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

what happens for sites outside the USA? where there is no such thing as a DMCA.
I go to the hosting companies. Some will accept a DMCA, some have similar schemes. You may have to go through more hoops, but they do take action against unauthorized, copyrighted work.

Msg#: 4488426 posted 7:57 am on Sep 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

Anything to do with the USA/Company will by the laws of the USA no matter what .. Even if you host it out side the USA best thing is to get a none USA Domain this will help you alot [sic] an [sic] find a good hosting company out side the USA but direct all your traffic back to the USA
Are you suggesting that people should use a non-USA based hosting company to avoid DMCA's ? Forget it.

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Msg#: 4488426 posted 8:44 am on Sep 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

forget it? have you tried taking action against indian websites and the like?


Msg#: 4488426 posted 9:02 pm on Sep 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

forget it? have you tried taking action against indian websites and the like?
Yes, by going to their hosting providers.

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Msg#: 4488426 posted 8:26 am on Sep 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

im sorry but what action are you asking of the indian host and under what threat of action? They could less what you might do from the USA.

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