February 15, 2017
Google this month reached the one million mark on copyright-related website takedowns.
The tech titan has received requests to remove content that may infringe copyright since March of 2011. In the past six years, Google has complied with countless removal requests, impacting one million websites and 2.13 billion URLs, according to its newly updated transparency report.
Google said although it complies with many requests, it does “push back” when the requests do not include all necessary information or if it suspects them to be fraudulent.
Not surprisingly, the number of requests has escalated over time, as shown in the graph below.
When a person or company submits a takedown notice for alleged copyright infringement, Google then reviews the request for completeness and checks for problems. If no issues are found, the URL will be removed from Google’s search results. The administrator of the affected site is notified via Google’s Search Console. The administrator of the site or the provider of affected content has the option of filing a counter notification.
Once such a notification is filed, Google then must decide if it should reinstate the material. If Google does choose to reinstate the content in question, the copyright owner has the option of filing a lawsuit. If the lawsuit is successful, Google then removes the content permanently.
Google gave a few examples of requests it did and did not comply with:
Google updates its report bi-annually.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.