Google removes more than 213 million infringing links in 2013

Google took down 213,000,000 infringing URLs this year

News By Lee Mathews Dec. 30, 2013

In 2013, Google received around 235,000,000 takedown requests this year from copyright holders. 91% of those were acted upon — meaning about 213 million URLs were removed from Google’s index as a result.

235,000,000 sure is a lot of takedown requests… but that’s not even the total number that Google received –the information Google shares only covers Search. Other services like YouTube, Blogger, and Google Drive aren’t included, and you can bet there were loads of copyright inquiries directed at them too.

A whopping 51 million of those requests came from BPI, the British Phonographic Industry. The RIAA was next on the list with over 40 million. Not surprisingly, URLs that pointed to file sharing sites like Filestube and 4shared were among the most popular targets.

In the past week alone Google fielded 5.2 million requests. That number was a million down from the previous week, which might have something to do with rightsholders ramping down for the holidays. There’s usually a bit of a lull just before the new year.

The flip side of Google’s report is that Google took no action on 9% of those requests. That might not seem like a lot, but it amounts to around 21 million URLs.

So what kind of requests did Google choose to ignore? Some pointed to discussion threads on Reddit and others (as you may have read about before) targeted Open Source software by mistake.

My, how times have changed. It’s hard to believe that just two years ago Google had less than half a million takedown requests to deal with in the month of December.

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