1/4 of Removal Requests are QuestionableAdded: Friday, April 1st, 2016
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2016
A recent study found out that over 28% of the removal requests received by Google from copyright owners are "questionable." Around 5% of the reviewed takedown requests didn’t target the supposed infringing content. Another 24% of the requests raised other concerns, such as fair use.
Google has been overloaded with DMCA takedown notices that targeted links to pirated content, as the number of such notices has increased dramatically over the years. 8 years ago, Google received only a few dozen takedown requests per year, but now it processes 2,000,000 per day. The search engine is concerned that the continued increase may lead to more mistakes. The researchers recently reviewed the accuracy of more than 108 million takedown requests, most of which targeted Google’s web search. It turned out that over 28% of all requests were “questionable”, including the 4%+ of DMCA requests where no infringing content is listed on the reported URL.
The “questionable” requests also include those targeting sites that have been shut down long ago – Megaupload.com, for example. This calls into question the checks the rightsowners do to keep their automated algorithms accurate. Other questionable requests were improperly formatted, had a subject matter inappropriate for takedown, or had potential fair use issues.
The researchers concluded that automated notices are problematic because the increase in volume makes meaningful human review difficult or impossible. As a result, Google likely removes more content than it should. At the moment, Google honors 97.5% of the takedown requests. Other sites just categorically take down 100% of the requests they receive to avoid any trouble from the copyright owners.
Google in part funded the research, as the company is going to deploy it in future lobbying efforts. Apparently, the company won’t have to wait long before it can put the study to use: at the moment, the US government is running a public consultation to evaluate the effectiveness of the DMCA’s Safe Harbor provisions.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Friday, April 1st, 2016
|Can't we just use another search engine to find what google removed?|
|Was only pondering y'day if I should click DMCA link on a few pics online. No idea if they were copyright infringing but just wondering if it will exhaust some anti P2P people getting so many take down requests and so many being 'questionable'.|
|And may I say I was reading some of the rules of ET last week and find it strange referring to other torrent sites is looked down on. We should be all part of the one big community and know about other good sites. The more we spread ourselves around other sites, the more we spread.||
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