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Google now receives more than 2 million piracy takedown requests a day

Google now receives more than 2 million piracy takedown requests a day


That's 1,500 takedown requests a minute

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It's been a while since we checked in with Google's Transparency Report, the company's blog that keeps tabs on search result takedowns and related issues, but it seems the war on piracy has only been getting more frantic. As TorrentFreak pointed out in a recent post, Google now receives just over 1,500 requests every minute to remove URLs from its search results. That's 25 requests a second or around 2,160,000 a day — double the amount of requests the company was receiving over the same time period last year.

Last month's most prolific domains were the target of half a million requests

Last month's takedown requests came from 5,492 copyright owners and pertained to 72,207 specific domains, meaning that each domain, on average, was the subject of around 900 takedown requests. However, this stat doesn't paint a totally accurate picture, as the top five domains (including Spanish-language MP3 download site and Polish file locker were the target of more than half a million reports each.

It's also worth remembering that these statistics include multiple takedown requests for the same URLs (which Google says it includes as doing so "paints a more complete picture of the removals activity"). Still, though, these are staggering numbers and show that despite Google's attempts to limit access to pirating sites (as of 2012 it's been feeding this data into its search algorithms to make frequently-infringing domains less visible), the takedown request is still one of the main weapons used by copyright holders against pirates.