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Google Now Taking Down Eight ‘Pirate’ Links Every Single Second

Due to its transparency report we can see exactly how many DMCA notices Google receives each month and the latest numbers are nothing short of staggering. In the last week of September alone the search engine processed requests to take down a record-breaking 5.3 million ‘pirate’ links. That means Google is now removing nine allegedly-infringing URLs from its indexes every single second of every single day.

While it’s impossible to report with any accuracy how many DMCA-style notices are sent by all rightsholders Internet-wide in a typical week, thanks to Google’s relative openness we do have a reasonable idea of the size of the problem.

After a fairly steady climb in the early part the year, between July and October 2012 copyright holders stepped on the gas, sending around 1.8 million URL notices in a single week, more than ten times the amount being sent in a typical seven day period at the start of the year.

Mid November 2012 saw the sharpest increase to date, with 2.8 million URL notices sent in a week, a record beaten in mid December when 3.5 million were delivered to Google.

Then following a deceptive lull at the start of 2013, things picked up again in February. In a single week 3.8 million takedowns landed on Google’s desk, a record beaten again at the end of March when 4.47 million were received.

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    Ronald England, quill, petral

    Atheistic Determinist and Contemplative Contrarian.

    by ShockandAwed on Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 02:15:57 PM PDT

  •  Call me uninformed, but what is a pirate link? (3+ / 0-)
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    Einsteinia, CroneWit, mookins

    Why is there such a jump in the number being taken down, and why should we be concerned?

    •  My question, too. (1+ / 0-)
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      Susan from 29

      Is it like what the "Yes Men," (who I love) do.  

      The "Yes Men," and they have two films on Netflix, make up clone websites for companies like Union Carbide.  They wait for people to contact them and then they make public interviews on BBC, etc., stating things like, Union  apologies for Bhopal and wants finally provide the long over-due restitution all the victims and their survivors deserve. . . FINALLY.

      Separation of Church and State AND Corporation

      by Einsteinia on Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 02:40:02 PM PDT

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    •  a pirate link is usually a link on a website (6+ / 0-)

      to another website containing copyrighted material.  So if you go to website x, it will have a link to a unlabeled video file on website y with an episode of Breaking Bad or the Walking Dead or something.  

      The jump in the number being taken down is probably due to an industry wide crack down on pirated material and the fact that a lot of these websites don't even attempt to hide that they are distributing copyrighted material so they are very easy to find.  

      Why you should care - that is harder to decipher.  One big thing is that this may change the face of the internet - this file sharing is a huge problem for the TV, Movie and Music industry and they and other "content producers" have been pushing hard for legislation that would essentially make it harder to do these things.  People don't like that because internet regulation will open up a giant can of worms and people fear the internet becoming like Cable TV - expensive, segmented, trivial.

  •  We have false claims of copyright by third parties (3+ / 0-)
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    burlydee, FarWestGirl, quill

    These third party corporations do not have any real rights to claim copyrights yet Google permits the false claim.

    I get claims from some Canadian corporation every year about "9/11 Amazing Grace-Be Ready TO Cry."

    The false claim have copyrights on bullshit videos of likes of bagpipe band playing Amazing Grace.

    Amazing Grace was first published in 1870 something. There are not current copyrights on it.

    These third parties were told by the Supreme Couts that they don't have any claims to copyrights of other's material.

    Google still permits these false claims.

    •  ... (2+ / 0-)
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      quill, ukit

      Links to torrent sites and other websites and services providing copyrighted material for free.

      We should care because the copyright system has been perverted over the last hundred years into a tool to restrict access to materials including educational materials to only those who can afford them.

      The spread of information and, in fact, our culture around the world is beneficial in countless ways. To reduce the flow of information to the world hurts the world.

      The copyright holders, that tend to be the massive corporations warehousing of intellectual property for private gain, prevent the material from entering the public domain.

      A corrupted system is corrupting: Rebelling against it is not.

      Atheistic Determinist and Contemplative Contrarian.

      by ShockandAwed on Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 02:49:10 PM PDT

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      •  Link would not publish before. (0+ / 0-)

      •  Information is one thing copyrighted content is (1+ / 0-)
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        Bill W

        another.  What these pirate and torrent sites are pedaling are copyrighted movies, music, TV shows, software and books.  It is not the spread of "information" that they are facilitating at all.

        Right man, right job and right time

        by Ianb007 on Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 03:48:56 PM PDT

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        •  Yes, and as long as copyright exists (1+ / 0-)
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          Ianb007

          posting copyrighted content will still be illegal. So while I also favor copyright reform, unless we are talking about some sort of radical utopian society with no copyright, we will need mechanisms like this.

          The point I would make though is that the DMCA actually works pretty well in providing a good balance between protecting copyright, and not overly criminalizing someone just for posting a file. Laws that go beyond that, like SOPA/PIPA or the rumored copyright provisions of TPP, are problematic in my view. SOPA would have criminalized simply posting a link to another website that contained copyrighted content.

          Apparently nothing will ever teach these people that the other 99 percent of the population exist. —George Orwell

          by ukit on Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 06:21:26 PM PDT

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          •  DMCA works OK except it does not deal with (0+ / 0-)

            repeat offenders. A copyright owner has to send the same take down notice to the same site repeatedly sometimes.

            SOPA/PIPA was directed at foreign rogue entities that do not fall under the DMCA laws and it did not "criminalize" linking to copyrighted stuff.

            Right man, right job and right time

            by Ianb007 on Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 07:02:11 PM PDT

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