Google takes down more than eight ‘pirate’ links every second

Google took down a record-breaking 5.3 million allegedly infringing links from its search engine in the last week of September, equivalent to just under nine links every second.

The data, released as part of Google’s transparency report, shows a significant rise in the number of takedown notices filed by copyright holders to Google over the last year.

Between July and October 2012 copyright holders sent Google about 1.8m link takedown notices a week, increasing to 2.8m a week in November 2012 and 3.8m in mid-December 2012.

In February 2013, takedown notices hit 3.8m a week, increasing to 4.47m at the end of March, and finally peaking in the final week of September hitting 5.3m spanning 37,413 domains from 5,407 copyright owners, which marked a 4008% increase over the first notice listings by Google in July 2011.

SOURCE: theguardian.com

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