Google DMCA request doubles in less than a year

There is increased request sent to Google from copyright holders demanding that pirate sites be removed from its search results. The company is at the moment processing a mind-blowing 24 million links that have been termed pirate pages; making the number twice the number it received same time in 2015.

The number of notices of DMCA notices that Google has received from copyright holders in recent years have been on the increase with special focus on pirated content links with ground breaking increase in number of requests.

This is a far cry from the 10 million notices that the company received only 5 years ago for a whole year which is at the moment what the company processes in just 3 days.

According to TorrentFreak who gathered data from Transparency Report from Google shows that 24, 119, 797 links that are pirated are sent to the company on a weekly basis, which is a 100% increase of what was the case last year.

At the rate which it is going, it means that Google will before the end of the year have processed over 1 billion links with no sign that the number will decrease in the future.

Bear in mind that there are also some sites that were wrongly reported and we are yet to know if the request to correct the application has been carried out.

From the data made available at the beginning of the months shows that 91% of the links reported have been taken down. 2 out of the remaining 9 were said to be rejected URLs with the 7% remaining reported as incomplete or duplicate links.

The entertainment industry players are not impressed at the rate at which Google takes down reported urls unlike what is applicable to rightsholders. Another complaint they have of Google is that the urls they claimed to have taken down often appears under an entirely new url.

Cary Sherman, CEO of RIAA said that they each day, they have to send a notice to Google of the same link they sent to it to previously take down.

In order to prove this complaint wrong, rightsholders said they would like the company to ensure that any content they take down stays down until the process is over.

Google says it does not believe that that will not be the solution to the issue at hand, but will instead cause problems, insisting that the current use of DMCA is still working effectively.