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    Google Kills 250,000 Search Links A Week - NW Arkansas News Story - KHBS NW Arkansas (click for full article)

    "NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- It may surprise you that there is a rapidly growing number of websites Google intentionally hides from you. Google doesn't want that to be a surprise anymore.


    The search giant said Thursday it would begin chronicling the thousands of requests it receives daily to take down search results that link to copyrighted material. Google said it receives upwards of 250,000 requests to remove links to pirated content each week.


    When Google receives notifications from copyright holders that it is linking to a website that violates their copyright, Google undergoes a process that usually results in the removal of search results that link to that website.


    The number of requests to take down links has soared in recent years. In fact, Google said it is now receiving more removal requests each week than it received in all of 2009. Last month, Google got 1.2 million such requests from 1,000 copyright holders to remove links from 23,000 websites.


    For the first time, the company added all of the removal requests for search since July 2011 on its online transparency report. The two-year old report initially just displayed government requests to take down content from Google's servers. But it now includes copyright holders' requests, which dwarf the number of take-down requests from governments."
     
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    Google Hit With Huge Number of Copyright Claims | TechNewsDaily.com (click for full article)

    "Google yesterday (May 24) issued its latest "transparency report" showing how often it receives requests from copyright holders to remove links to infringing material. And the numbers are huge. Updated this morning, they show that in the last month 1,314 copyright owners and 1,099 organizations sent 1,255,402 requests to take down search results pointing to copyright violating sites. [Jailbreaking Smartphones Could Become Illegal]


    Google says that most of the requests are legit, acting on 97 percent of them. But Google deemed the remainder to be "clearly invalid copyright removal requests, "it said in the report, such as movie studios asking to take down links to articles in the Internet Movie Database, or IMDB (which also covers TV programs), and links to "the official trailer posted on a major authorized online media service." It also received two requests from the same studio to remove the link to the same newspaper movie review.


    In another case, a U.S. company requested removal of search results that link to an employee's blog posts about unjust and unfair treatment.


    In a blog post yesterday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation advocacy group wrote, "Each of those are (sic) instances of legitimate speech that would have otherwise been shut down. Google deserves to be commended for that behavior."
     
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    Copyright takedown requests made in a week now number more than those made during whole of 2009, Google says (click for full article)

    The internet giant said it has experienced a 'rapid' increase in the number of takedown requests and added that it is "not unusual" for it to receive requests to remove more than 250,000 individual web address links from its search rankings in a week. That number, it said, is "more than what copyright owners asked us to remove in all of 2009."


    "In the past month alone, we received about 1.2 million requests made on behalf of more than 1,000 copyright owners to remove search results," Fred von Lohmann, senior copyright counsel at Google, said in a blog. "These requests targeted some 24,000 different websites."
    Von Lohmann made the comments as he announced that Google is to start disclosing the number of requests it receives from rights holders asking it to remove links to allegedly infringing material that appears in its search index.


    Google's updated 'Transparency Report' said that Microsoft is responsible for issuing the largest number of takedown requests from a single organisation. It asked for 543,378 individual links to be removed from Google's search results in the past month and nearly two million in the past year. The British Recorded Music Industry (BPI), which represents many major recording companies, made 190,621 last month and 923,880 in total over the past year.


    Google admitted that it does receive bogus takedown requests but said it had removed 97% of links identified as infringing in rights holder requests between July and December last year. The company said that the 'notice and takedown' procedures that it conforms to provide the best mechanism for tackling online piracy.


    "Fighting online piracy is very important, and we don't want our search results to direct people to materials that violate copyright laws. So we've always responded to copyright removal requests that meet the standards set out in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)," von Lohmann said. "We believe that the time-tested 'notice-and-takedown' process for copyright strikes the right balance between the needs of copyright owners, the interests of users, and our efforts to provide a useful Google Search experience."


    Under existing US copyright laws set out in the DMCA, online service providers are not liable for users' copyright-infringing behaviour as long as they are ignorant of it. They are responsible once they have been told about infringement, though, and must remove or disable access to the content providing the 'notice and takedown' request conforms to certain standards.


    Von Lohmann said that Google tries to make the notice and takedown process as quick and efficient as possible and had last week been able to process requests on average within 11 hours. However, he said the company also attempts to "catch erroneous or abusive removal requests."


    "We recently rejected two requests from an organization representing a major entertainment company, asking us to remove a search result that linked to a major newspaper's review of a TV show," he said. "The requests mistakenly claimed copyright violations of the show, even though there was no infringing content."


    "We've also seen baseless copyright removal requests being used for anticompetitive purposes, or to remove content unfavorable to a particular person or company from our search results. We try to catch these ourselves, but we also notify webmasters in our Webmaster Tools when pages on their website have been targeted by a copyright removal request, so that they can submit a counter-notice if they believe the removal request was inaccurate."


    Von Lohmann added that he believes publishing the copyright takedown request data will allow stakeholders in the industry to "see and understand how removal requests from both governments and private parties affect our results in Search."


    "As policymakers and Internet users around the world consider the pros and cons of different proposals to address the problem of online copyright infringement, we hope this data will contribute to the discussion," he said.
     
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    Google: 'PHL' site among top 10 sites hosting pirated material | GMA News Online | The Go-To Site for Filipinos Everywhere (click for full article)

    "A site with a .ph (Philippine) domain is among the top 10 websites with the most requests for removal from search giant Google's search results since July 2011.


    In its latest Transparency Report, Google said KAT.ph was the fourth most targeted domain in the requests for removal supposedly because of its pirated content.


    KAT.ph, which stands for "Kick-A** Torrents," was accused of hosting content of 609 copyright owners, as reported by 187 organizations.


    A screenshot of the site indicated it offered torrents of movies, music, games, and apps for download.


    The site ranked fourth behind Filestube.com, Torrentz.eu, and 4shared.com in terms of the number of URLs requested removed from Google's search results.


    Google said it had received requests to remove at least 1.246 million web pages for containing allegedly pirated material.
     
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    You know this is just my opinion - but I think if Google really wanted to be serious about putting a big dent in these sites that violate copyright - they need to go even a step further and block these sites on the Chrome browser. Of course such a move would likely have a negative impact on the use of the Chrome browser - so they won't do that in all likelihood.


    Most people that use these file-sharing sites are pretty savvy - and they already have the URLs to the sites they want - or they know how to obtain them. Plus all one has to do is go to this "Google Transparency Report" web site (see link below) - where Google publicly lists the sites (and URLs) of all the sites they have banned from their search results:


    Copyright Removal Requests – Google Transparency Report



    I think at best this removal of sites from the Google search results will have a small impact. IMO it's more like a token gesture to appease Big Media, the TV networks, movie studios etc.
     
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    Google receiving over 1 million pirate link takedown requests per day | 9to5Google (click for full article)

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    The internet is crawling with piracy. So much in fact that Google’s is now receiving over 1 million takedown requests per day for links related to pirated content. A recent transparency report from the company revealed that the search juggernaut was asked to clear around 8 million results from its search engine last week alone.
     

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