Google Removes Search Results Due To Copyright Infringement
Google's fight to control copyright infringing content increased in 2014.
Over the course of 2014 Google was asked to remove 345 million links that connected to content that was protected by copyright. The lion share these requests came from BPI, the British phonographic industry which is the national collective body for the entire British music business. This included over 60 million requests.
The weekly reports from Google were collected and parsed by Torrent Freak, an online Corporation designed to keep an eye on Internet news.
The site reports that the vast majority of the requests for link removal or indeed honored and executed by Google, however Google has the occasion to take no action if they do not believe that an infringement has occurred. No action may also be listed if previous action has been taken that has satisfied the copyright infringement.
With BPI leading the pack at 60 million requests many takedown requests were also sent from rapid gator.net, uploaded.net and4shared.com listing more than 5 million targeted URLs each.
In 2008 Google received 68 requests for copyright infringement takedowns, and this was the first year that the site began reporting this statistic. It is clear that not only has Google grown but copyright infringement has grown along with it.
Google has stated that online piracy remains a challenge and anti-piracy solutions are always in the works. Google has hundreds of employees working on this problem and the regular report is issued annually is to detail how their efforts are moving forward. This report should also show how well Google's products and services are creating opportunities across the globe.
Obviously the end goal is for Google to serve up legal results when fans do searches for films music and other forms of entertainment. Any steps that help move Google towards that and are positive and seem to be working. Services like iTunes, Spotify, and Deezer are always preferred over fraudulent copyright infringing torrent sites and hosting services that represent a constant financial drain on the music industry in general and music artists in particular.
Although Google is making strides in the right direction is not clear if they are moving quickly enough or moving far enough. Time will tell but if the fraudulent link removal claims begin to cost more money than actually preventing copyright infringement you can bet Google will move quickly and efficiently to stop the money drain.