Internet search giant Google received more than 65 million requests to take down work that allegedly infringed copyright last month, according to a recent internal report which has been published by the company.
In order to monitor for online content that infringes on the intellectual property of another party, Google requests data which highlights websites that receive the greatest volume of takedown requests.
These websites are taken down from its autocomplete results, and they appear much lower down when people perform a search.
Along with other findings in the latest transparency report, it was highlighted that takedown requests were most commonly lodged against piracy websites, especially those that allowed free music and videos to be downloaded.
In the majority of cases, copyright infringement is flagged up with the search engine by large professional bodies that file notices on behalf of multiple artists.
Over the course of the last 12 months, the BPI, which represents the UK’s recorded music industry, as well as Rivendell and Degban, are the three groups that have submitted the most takedown notices.
Half of November’s total requests so far have actually been filed by the aforementioned organisations.
There has been an eightfold increase in the number of takedown notices being filed with Google in comparison to the same period last year.
However, the biggest difficulty for the company is identifying which of the two million takedown requests it receives every day are genuine, and the search engine has offered to help YouTube creators who are affected by unfounded copyright infringement claims.