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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
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]
Sites with high numbers of removal notices may appear lower in our results.
So while this new signal will influence the ranking of some search results
[edited by: TypicalSurfer at 2:30 pm (utc) on Aug 26, 2012]
[edited by: tedster at 5:30 pm (utc) on Aug 27, 2012]
Perjury springs to mind
Filing a DMCA is done in "good faith".Filing a false DMCA is perjury.
This is not about false claims, it is about site owners learning their rights.Originally, no. But became that when someone piped up and said "The worst of the spammers will join in, in the not to crazy hope of busting the whole system with a million fake DMCA submissions."
How do you know these are fake submissions? Google's announcement provides more incentive to sumbit both types of complaints, fake and true.
Or because Google is USA based it must remove pages it caches? What if it just removes the cache and not the ranking?