The number of DMCA takedown requests sent to Google has doubled in the past month – reaching almost 1.5 million URLs per week.
The figure comes from Google’s transparency report. This time last year, the number of weekly URL takedown requests filed with the search engine was at 131,577.
Over the four-week period just gone, Google received takedown requests from copyright holders and anti-piracy bodies to remove 5.7 million URLs from its search results in total.
In May this year, the BPI - on behalf of its members - claimed exclusive rights to content in 162,721 URL removal requests. According to the report today, that number now stands at 190,771.
Other music organisations nearing the top of the ‘Copyright Owners’ table of entities that claim an exclusive right to the content specified in removal requests are Universal Music Group with 100,157 URLs, Sony Music Entertainment with 85,769 and EMI with 80,029.
In terms of reports, the BPI asked Google to remove 554,959 URLs in the past month in total. The IFPI joins the BPI in the list of top reporting organisations sending 45,406 takedown requests to Google in the last month.