Wednesday February 22, 2017

Google: 99.95% of Recent ‘Trusted’ DMCA Notices Were Bogus

If you've been following the conversation regarding copyright infringement lately, you know that rights-holders, citing piracy being on the increase, have been arguing that DMCA style takedown notices have been woefully inadequate in stopping the flow of piracy, and are looking to get even greater legal rights to force search providers to preemptively filter results. Google has countered that the DMCA has been very effective in driving piracy sites out of the country, and that the overwhelming majority of reports filed are bogus, never in their index to begin with.

I'd imagine that stories like the one we reported on Monday where 49.5M reports were filed by APDIF do Brasil against links that didn't even exist before they reported them, have a lot to do with this.

It would be a shame if rights-holders successfully force more arduous regulations on search providers for a problem they are fabricating based on their erroneous reports.

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"A substantial number of takedown requests submitted to Google are for URLs

that have never been in our search index, and therefore could never have appeared in our search results," Google states.

"For example, in January 2017, the most prolific submitter submitted notices that Google honored for 16,457,433 URLs. But on further inspection, 16,450,129 (99.97%) of those URLs were not in our search index in the first place."