Google now removing 1 million links per day thanks to DMCAs

Google's search engine crawls all corners of the web on a daily basis and because it is so massive, there are a few millions of links that copyright owners would prefer to have removed from the company's search index. The requests are now coming in so frequently, that every 8 milliseconds Google is receiving a takedown request, compared to one request per six days back in 2008.

The information comes from Google's Transparency Report which indicates that last week alone, 7.8 million links were removed, and as you can see from the graph, the trend is only rising with the spike during the last few days.

There is no clear reason why last week had a surge in requests, but as the web continues to grow and more content is added, it seems logical to conclude that the DMCAs that Google receives on a daily basis will continue to rise. Google does try to automatically detect pirated content, but the fact that they still receive millions of DMCAs per week shows that their system is far from perfect.

There are also issues with DMCAs that are issued inaccurately, or done so with malicious intent such as when Neowin's Facebook page was taken down by a false submission

DMCAs are an imperfect process to deal with this pirated content, but until another solution is found, it's an issue webmasters will have to deal with for the foreseeable future.

Source: Google via: Torrent Freak | Image: searchengineland.com

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I would bet that they can automate it to a point if certain site names or terms are flagged, but yeah I wouldn't want to be the person sitting at a desk dealing with this :p

Krome said,
Good luck trying to remove 8 million links manually from thousands of databases.

I am sure they have a tool that traverses the databases automatically. Otherwise they would waste massive man hours on a single link.

Well, it's getting harder to use google to find pirated content. But for the most popular stuff, it doesn't make a difference.

bigmehdi said,
Well, it's getting harder to use google to find pirated content. But for the most popular stuff, it doesn't make a difference.

ya, soo annoying! :D

I'll be looking forward to all those opposed to the recent right to be forgotten ruling in the EU complaining about this censorship.

I like the right to be forgotten ruling. If you have done your time for your crime, then the details online are no longer relevant to your character, if you believe the the prison system is about reform and correction.

jakem1 said,
I'll be looking forward to all those opposed to the recent right to be forgotten ruling in the EU complaining about this censorship.

What do online posts about someone have to do with pirated content?

Edited by 01Michael10, Aug 22 2014, 4:17pm :

Ad Man Gamer said,
I like the right to be forgotten ruling. If you have done your time for your crime, then the details online are no longer relevant to your character, if you believe the the prison system is about reform and correction.

Sorry, the "right to be forgotten" idea it not workable and a dumb idea. Say you commit a crime and it makes the newspaper. You can't have someone removing articles from newspaper archives online. You ever read 1984? Think about all the politicians wanting to remove past deeds and things they have said...

People have always remembered what other have done and always will whether by memory, newspapers, video, etc. The Internet is just another medium...

TPB is a torrent search engine in its own right, and clients like Tribler use rumor networks and P2P databases making them impossible to destroy or block.

When I read news like this, I just think about how much this won't affect anyone, because;

A: There are other sites that are made to search for shared content.
B: It's a game of infinite whack a mole.

The only way to win this game is to unplug it, but since no one will let them tern the internet off, they will eventually get tired and have to give up.

Lol you could create a bot, that just moves everything on DMCA'd site, to new server, plus a couple of other wee jobs too, TaDa!

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