The number of takedown requests sent to Google against websites alleged to be providing copyright-infringing access to content has sky-rocketed over the past year.
With Google’s Transparency Report providing a clear and open rundown of the DMCA takedown requests, it can be seen that the number of red flags sent to the search giant by rights holders has shot from just over 202,000 in January 2012 to 2,857,808 this week - 1,300%.
At Eurosonic Noorderslag earlier this month, Google’s copyright public policy manager Simon Morrison told Music Week that it was important that rights holders kept notifying the tech company of pirate websites.
DMCA takedown requests are also being factored into Google’s search algorithm and should in theory knock copyright-infringing websites down its results rankings.
Of the vast number of takedown requests sent to Google in the past year, most have been sent by the RIAA in the US, which has reported 9,391,800 URLs. The UK’s BPI is the fifth most active copyright-infringing reporter, sending 4,714,126 URLs to Google on behalf of its members.