Google received 235 million removal demands from copyright holders


As 2013 edges to close, search engine behemoth, Google received almost 235,000,000 removal demands from copyright holders. Out of these requests, 91% were entertained — which means an estimated 213 million URLs were took down from Google’s list in this regard.

235,000,000 is definitely an enormous amount of removal requests… but in fact it is not even the complete figure that Google collected –the information Google posts merely covers Search. Other platforms such as YouTube, Blogger, and Google Drive are not included in this list, and one can easily suggest that there were huge number of copyright investigations addressed at them too.

An astounding 51 million of those demands were received from BPI, the British Phonographic Industry. The RIAA was second on the index with more than 40 million requests. It was interesting to note that URLs that were related to file sharing websites such as Filestube and 4shared were among the leading targets.

In the previous seven days, Google alone addressed some 5.2 million demands. That figure was almost a million below from the past week, which might be due to the rights holders changing down for the festivals. There’s presumably a bit of a wave just prior to 2104.

On the contrary of Google’s report, search engine giant didn’t addressed 9% of those demands. That figure might appear to be less but it counts to almost a reasonable 21 million URLs.

Hence, it should be interesting to know that what type of demands Google choose to reject. Some mentioned to discussion posts on Reddit and several others who slashed Open Source software unintentionally.

It’s tough to believe that only two years ago, Google had been dealing with less than half a million removal demands in the last month of the year.