It’s just the start of the July of 2015 and in this short span of few months, Google has already processed over 100 million copyright takedown requests to delete pirate links (illegal content). Just a few days ago, Google received its 100 millionth request takedown request of the year 2015. TF writes that this counter of the pirate links is right now at 103,218, 572 and last year it took a bit more than a month more to kiss the same number.
If the number continues to grow at this pace, we will see this reported pirate links’ number touching half a billion mark.
These takedown notices deal directly with the search results. However in recent times, website owners have reported that Google happens to commit mistakes due to the massive amount of requests. In past, Google has banned website homepages from search results even though they didn’t have any copyright infringing material.
In response to these problems, Google has implemented changes to the search algorithm that aims at the lower-ranking websites that often violate the copyright laws.
Google writes in a statement:
In addition to removing pages from search results when notified by copyright owners, Google also factors in the number of valid copyright removal notices we receive for any given site as one signal among the hundreds that we take into account when ranking search results. Consequently, sites with high numbers of removal notices may appear lower in search results. This ranking change helps users find legitimate, quality sources of content more easily.
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