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Google removes millions of urls from search

John Moe May 25, 2012

Googs has issued its latest Transparency Report. As always, the report is printed on invisible ink printed on sheets of clear plastic. GET IT?! Moving on.
The report spotlights the takedown requests that Big Googly has received related to copyright violations from pirated material and how many of requests have led to Google de-listing a link from its search engine. While previous reports have dealt exclusively with requests from government bodies, the new report also deals with requests from private companies.
Pretty famous names appear on the list as well as one kind of weird complainant, according to CNET:

Of the millions of requests, Microsoft is the No. 1 complainer of copyright infringement, asking that a total of 2,544,209 URLs be removed. Coming in behind Microsoft are NBCUniversal, RIAA, BPI (British Recorded Music Industry), and Elegant Angel pornographic film studio. Google said it granted 97 percent of all requests between July and December 2011.
Google says it receives 250,000 requests for takedown per week, which is more than it received in all of 2009.

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