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Google takedown requests increase tenfold in six months

updated 09:40 pm EST, Sun December 16, 2012

Over 2.5 million copyright infringement notices received per week

Google has seen the number of copyright removal requests increase by a factor of ten since the search giant started to publicize takedown notices. Requests have increased from around 250,000 per week in May to over 2.5 million notices a week, continuing the trend of the number of copyright infringement notices vastly accelerating ever since the service started.

A company blog post from Google's Legal Director, Fred Von Lohmann, states that data relating to takedown requests found in the Transparency Report will be available to download, with new requests being added to the list every day. The number of URLs being removed for each site, each request, overall removal rates and URLs not acted upon will also be included in the daily report.

Between December 2011 and November 2012, Google removed 97.5-percent of all URLs listed in copyright removal requests. It now takes the company an average of six hours to process each request, with infringing websites being hit in search rankings if sufficient numbers of complaints are received.

by MacNN Staff



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