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Google reveals six million search removal requests in August

28 Aug 2012
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Google received almost six million URL search removal requests in the last month as copyright holders continue their fight against sites offering copyrighted content for download.

The firm revealed the extent of the requests in the latest update to its Transparency Report Page, as the requests submitted to the search giant now total peaked at 1.49 million in the last week of the month, up from 124,860 during the same weekly period last year.

Notable requests received by Google include those from its arch-rival Microsoft, which submitted 681,227 requests, as well as the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), 554,959 requests, and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) with 841,177.

The data does not include information on how many of the requests Google complied with, though, and the firm had not responded to V3's request for clarification on this matter.

The requests are made to Google under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA), which removes liability from the firm if it provides inadvertent access to sites offering illegal material, if they comply with requests to remove content flagged by rights' holders.

Earlier this year Google revealed that it removed 640 terrorist videos from YouTube between June and December 2011 at the request of the UK's Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) as part of its half-yearly Transparency update on government takedown requests.

Google caused controversy earlier this month when it said it would add data on the DCMA takedown requests its receives to its search algorithms, in a move that could see sites unjustly punished under the systems "guilty until proven innocent" system.

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Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal

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