Google, the Californian tech giant, has received more than 75 mn piracy takedown requests in the month of February alone. The requests include links to pirated media such as movies, album, videos, etcetera.
According to TorrentFreak, Google is processing more than 100K URLs per hour. The 75 mn is figure is gigantic when compared to piracy takedown requests made to Google in 2014 which was 345 mn, for the complete year.
Not too long ago, Google was asked to exclude complete piracy websites from its search results. Google refused to do so and justified its decision by stating,
“Whole site removal would simply drive piracy to new domains, legitimate sites, and social networks.”
The stats has been made public by the tech giant via a regular transparency report which clearly shows the figures and recent changes in a graphical form.
What more can be deduced from the statistical data is that both copyright industry and Google itself are seriously down to take out, or at least minimize, the piracy industry.
In 2014, a European court ordered search engines to remove some of the websites charged of copyright infringement. Google at that time didn’t responded and stated that taking such actions can lead to the censorship of Internet.
In its battle against piracy, Google has now stated that it would rely on geolocation signals to cut-off access to blacklisted URLs. Peter Fleischer, Mountain View’s global privacy counsel, clarified about the move via a blog post stating,
“So for example, let’s say we delist a URL as a result of a request from John Smith in the United Kingdom. Users in the UK would not see the URL in search results for queries containing [john smith] when searching on any Google Search domain, including google.com. Users outside of the UK could see the URL in search results when they search for [john smith] on any non-European Google Search domain.”
Let’s see at what level Google will be able to curb the piracy in the near future.