INTERNET COMPANY Google has to spend a lot of the time dealing with billions of piracy takedown requests, many of which, as even we know, will either be plain wrong or just stupid.
We'd like to say that this is keeping someone busy, but it is probably a whole room of people, a room as large as one of those self-storage facilities, with every square foot of it being used to see if Google is in some way connected to a potentially copyright protected piece of media and what if anything it should do about it.
This time last year it was half a billion requests that the firm had to deal with, and it is probably already thinking of next year and doing its work rotas.
It is the venerable TorrentFreak that did all the adding up here, and we have it to thank. Not to mention the copyright chaps, for the one billion number. It is all there on the Google Transparency report too, of course.
"Google regularly receives requests to remove content that may infringe copyright. This report provides data on requests to remove Search results that link to such material," says Google.
"Our goal is to help everyone understand the impact that copyright has on available content through transparency."
The firm goes deeper, revealing that 945,000 URLs were impacted and that in fact 1.96 billion URLs were involved.
Some complaints will be made up, or wrong, of course. Presumably, this keeps Google even busier.
"An anti-piracy enforcement firm representing a music label filed a copyright complaint asking us to delist dozens of homepages containing the word "coffee" in the title", Google's report moans.
These URLs had nothing to do with the identified copyrighted work", it added perhaps through gritted teeth.
We have reported on some pretty silly takedown requests including one that saw a company accuses its own website of infringement.
In all ,roughly 91 percent of the billion or so requests were complied with. A very slim 2.1 percent were rejected. µ
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