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Google tackles copyright infringement


Transparency in Search

Google has introduced a copyright section into its Transparency Report, highlighting the number of piracy complaints raised by copyright owners and reporting organisations.

Prior to this, Google only shared government requests to take content out of its services. The expanded section now shows other copyright removal requests along with those websites being issued with the notice. The report shows that Microsoft and the British Phonographic Institution (BPI) have made the largest number of complaints, with 543,378 and 162,601 URLs requested for deletion respectively in the past month.

A problem with piracy

The Google Transparency Report suggests that there is a growing problem with piracy across the web. Google has had 1.2 million requests to take down pages in Search during the last month, which is significantly higher than the number of requests made during the entirety of 2009.

Fred von Lohmann, senior copyright counsel at Google, said: “As policymakers and Internet users around the world consider the pros and cons of different proposals to address the problem of online copyright infringement, we hope this data will contribute to the discussion.”

The Transparency Report shows how Google is tackling the increasing problem of piracy on the web. After protesting against PIPA and SOPA with its Google logo blackout, the new copyright data shows that while there is a problem with copyright infringement, there are solutions to online piracy other than the bills thought up by Congress.

Adrian Mursec, senior developer at theEword, said: “The data not only shows a sharp increase in copyright infringements, but also highlights that there are different ways of tackling the problem other than PIPA and SOPA, which are considered to be to be extreme approaches to stopping piracy.”

Written by Lauren Knowles


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