Google witnesses a doubling in copyright takedown requests to 76m in past month

A spurt in copyright takedown requests to Google has seen the search giant deluged with 76m bids to remove links in the past month alone – more than double the 34m requests it received for the same period last year.

The figures are contained in the latest transparency report to be published by the tech firm, which is cataloguing all URL removal requests from its search engine.

Many of these requests pertain to pirate sites offering counterfeit goods and content which can siphon revenue away from copyright holders, although Google can ‘downrank’ sites subject to numerous takedown requests in its results.

Over the past month Google has been recipient of 76,900,000 requests for URL’s to be removed affecting 6,446 copyright owners.

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