During the last week of September, Google removed a record-breaking 5.3 million reportedly illegal sites from its search engine. This staggering number is equivalent to almost 9 links removed by Google per second.
Google’s transparency report has revealed the enormous growth in takedown notices filed by copyright holders during the last year. Until the middle of 2012, Google received between 100,000 and 250,000 takedown notices per week, however a sudden increase in activity by rights holders saw this number shoot up to 1.8 million per week as of July 2012. In the past 11 months of this increased activity, takedown notices have never dropped below 2.5 million.
Within the last year, the British Recorded Music Industry (BPI) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) have been amongst the most active reporting organizations. Between them, the two trade organizations have submitted takedown requests for over 63 million URLs in the past year. This amounts to a total of over 7000 requests per day from these two organizations alone. Other companies contributing millions of requests throughout the year include NBC Universal, Fox, and the Walt Disney Company.
In the final week of September, Google received notices from 5,407 copyright holders, spanning over a total of 37,413 individual domains.