Is google doing enough to combat piracy?


Google received in October 2013 upto 26 million urls submitted in DMCA removal requests alone. That is a huge firgure and it is googles duty to make sure all of these requests are steeled one way or another. The huge work load that google has requires a lot of workers and a lot of money to keep google from being overrun by infringing copyrighted material… The huge amounts of dmcas google receives each year has risen quite dramatically this years from past years. Up to now google this years have said that they have removed 200million links from their search results in accordance to DMCA removal requests they have received this is a lot lot more than previous year for example last year google removed 50 million urls form its search. What is causing such a huge rise in dmca requests? Webmasters have been speculating that it is googles panda update that is causing webmasters to worry and to submit removal requests aimed at sites ripping off their content.. after all duplicate content is penalized now by google and webmasters do not want to run the risk of google getting the original author of the content wrong and penalizing them instead of the actual copyright thief. Google brags that the average time google acts upon receiving a removal request is usually no more than 6 hours. Google however states that they do not always remove every link they receive from a dmca removal request as they sya that sometimes they recive unclear requests, or requests whereby no infringing content is found. Some requests that are denied include:

A business requesting removal of a ex employee’s blog post criticizing the company

People requesting removal of their names from the search engines based upon their names being “copyrightable”

Movie producers requesting that movie reviews should be removed.


But do these dmca requests help? After all at the bottom of the search results a notice will appear if one of the search results has been removed which lets searchers read the dmca request and see the infrgining urls anyway.