Google has received requests to remove more than 100 million links since January 2013 for web pages deemed to be in breach of copyright laws, it has been revealed.
This number is double the requests received in the whole of 2012, with 14 million requests being made in the last month alone.
Copyright owners such as the British Recorded Music Industry account for a large number of requests, as well as broadcasters such as HBO.
Research from online brand protection specialist NetNames found that 60 per cent of businesses have no system in place to protect intellectual property online.
The research also found that 93 per cent of executives think protecting online assets will become more important, or remain just as important, over the next year.