|Again and again the most popular search engine in the world is being overloaded with DMCA takedown notices from major copyright owners. Google has seen the number of requests from copyright owners quadruple over the past 2 years. This year alone, the company is projected to process more than a billion reported pirate links, most of which will be removed from its search results.
Copyright owners continue their attempts to keep people away from pirate websites by overloading the search engine with DMCA takedown requests. Over the past 5 years, Google has removed more than a billion “pirate” links from its search results. Moreover, the 2 billion mark is just a few months away. So far, Google has to process about 3 million “pirate” links per day.
According to Google’s Transparency Report, 5.1 million pirate URLs were reported to the search engine in first week of June, 2014. Two year later, this figure increased to more than 22 million. The trend is clearly upward. If the pace continues, Google will process more than a billion links this year alone. This trend has also gained the attention of the American government, and the Copyright Office launched a public consultation to evaluate the effectiveness of the current DMCA provisions. Copyright groups heavily criticized the consultation, but Google says that the current system is working fine, pointing out that the increasing volume of the links removed from the search results each year illustrates that copyright owners find the DMCA process quite efficient.
However, the rights holders don’t see the DMCA takedown process a satisfying way to fight copyright infringement. For example, artists and music group claimed that the DMCA law was “obsolete, dysfunctional and harmful”, saying that it became an ineffective tool for the volume of unauthorized digital music available online. This is why they are currently opting for broad revisions, supported by many other copyright holders. For instance, they want advanced technologies and processes to make sure that infringing content doesn’t reappear online once it’s removed. The suggested approach was dubbed “notice and stay down”.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
|DMCA is becoming its own industry taking even more money from the artists and having zero affect on artist revenue. People who pirate will find the files they need.||
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