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Google has now de-listed 2.5 billion piracy URLs

By | Published on Friday 7 July 2017


Google has now removed 2.5 billion URLs from its search engine database on copyright grounds, Torrentfreak has noted. According to the copyright section of what Google calls its Transparency Report, 1.11 million websites have now been targeted with link removal requests on the grounds of copyright infringement.

As much previously reported, with so many people finding illegal sources of content via the Google search engine, the content industries – and the record industry in particular – now submit a constant flood of takedown notices to the web giant requesting that links to copyright infringing material be removed from the search database. Google is obliged under copyright law to remove such links when made aware of them.

Although many record labels now issue takedowns to Google as a matter of course, the record industry generally reckons that the web firm could be doing more to remove piracy links from its search engine, and that the total number of URLs removed is only so ridiculously high because it resists taking a more proactive approach.

In particular, labels would like Google to delist entire websites – rather than just individual URLs – where a site primarily exists to facilitate copyright infringement. Google has always resisting site-wide delisting, though that recent case in the Canadian Supreme Court – where an injunction was upheld that ordered a site-wide delisting in a dispute between two tech companies – could possibly force the web giant’s hand on this issue.