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Google asked to remove 558m 'pirate' links in 2015, report claims

Google was asked to remove 558m links to allegedly pirated material in 2015, according to a report.

The search giant does not report annual figures for Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notices, but TorrentFreak crunched the weekly reports and found that the number of URLs submitted by copyright holders last year surpassed the 558 million mark.

It claims the total of 558,860,089 links represents a 60 per cent rise on 2014's number of requests, with the majority coming from the film and music industries.

The majority of the links were removed but Google sometimes takes "no action" if the links do not infringe on copyright material or if they had already been taken down earlier.