Google Has Removed 2.51 Billion Links For Piracy

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The latest Transparency Report from Google showed that the company is sparing no efforts to resolve cases of online piracy.

The company revealed that it has already removed a colossal number of URLs from the internet because of infringements of intellectual monopoly laws: no less than 2.51 billion – and counting.

According to the data, it is also possible to see that much of these numbers come from recent times. In just one year, Google had removed more than 931 million links (almost 40% of the total), with 90 million of them removed in the last month alone.

This growth in the number of removals is even more impressive when we consider a number of removal requests per day that are processed. As you can see in the chart above, daily orders were a few thousand, as early as January 2013, for absurd peaks of 25 million at the beginning of 2017.

Domain Copyright Owners Reporting Organizations Requested URLs % Domain URLs indexed 5,345 1,254 64,907,784 <5% 657 38 51,267,111 ≥50% 7,201 1,685 27,984,616 ≥50% 6,881 1,390 22,436,588 ≥50% 4,243 716 21,894,662 <5% 25 14 14,681,436 ≥50% 50 32 14,515,339 <50% 594 46 13,432,486 ≥50% 477 28 13,137,679 ≥50% 6,831 1,073 11,832,193 <50% 53 30 11,734,164 ≥50% 63 25 11,647,159 ≥50% 4,217 1,331 11,545,108 <5% 50 6 11,534,303 ≥50% 1,469 140 11,436,879 <10% 114 17 10,891,742 ≥50% 22 29 9,905,680 <50% 7,189 2,581 8,770,432 <5% 11 10 8,244,818 ≥50% 5,367 1,395 7,451,242 <50%

What about sites with the highest number of URLs removed? Well, just check the list above. As you can see, the famous service is the biggest target, while and follow in the second and third positions. According to Google, more than 1.1 million sites have already been targeted for removals.

It should be noted that, of the removal requests made, Google complied with 90% of requests. The remaining links remain available precisely because they can not be classified as a copyright infringement.

By |2017-07-11T14:01:20+00:00July 11th, 2017|Digital Empowerment, Digital Literacy|2 Comments


  1. Caleb Momanyi September 19, 2017 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    This is a great move Google has taken to ensure online platforms adhere to the set regulations. For those pursuing education on matters of digital technology, this is a piece for you to align yourself with security milestones achieved so far.

    The future of education will now focus on security and Google has taken the lead to show the world the trends in security. With the proliferation of cloud computing, security is a core issue that need to addressed to ensure data in the cloud is safeguarded accordingly. This is time the young people’s skill development should be geared towards online security.

  2. Jonney October 10, 2017 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    There is a great variety of copyright holders too. The UK music industry group BPI is at the forefront as usual, with more than 80 million requests, but Fox, NBC Universal, HBO and Microsoft are also among the top senders. While the number of notices has steadily increased over the past several years, there are some early signs that they may level off in 2017. Over the past six months, the overall volume hasn’t increased, with the number of weekly takedowns hovering around 20 million. Still, it’s clear that the major rightsholder groups and Google have different views on the DMCA takedown procedure and how to move forward.

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