Google had over seventy five million takedown requests final month
Final month, Google processed over seventy five million search takedown requests underneath the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), or over one hundred,000 hyperlinks per hour. That is greater than double the variety of hyperlinks it processed throughout the identical interval final yr, and over 300 occasions extra requests than in 2012. So why the dramatic improve? Clearly, the quantity of pirated content material has elevated exponentially on the web, as Torrent Freak factors out. On the similar time, the MPAA, RIAA and different copyright-holders at the moment are utilizing algorithms that spot pirated content material (typically incorrectly) and mechanically file takedown notices to Google.
Google has stated that the system is working as meant, however no one is especially joyful about it. The Digital Frontier Basis (EFF) efficiently sued Common Studios to pressure copyright house owners to think about official “truthful use” of content material extra rigorously. On the similar time, copyright holders really feel that infringing pirate websites ought to have their domains de-listed from Google search altogether, one thing that Mountain View strongly opposes. On the fee it is going to date, Google might course of a billion DMCA search requests by the top of 2016 — a quantity that exhibits that the DMCA system is critically damaged.