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Noah Vail
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Google starts to come clean about Take-Down Requests

It's so seldom I see a major corporation make positive steps toward transparency.

Google Transparency Report Page:
»www.google.com/transparencyrepor···pyright/

said by TechDirt :

Google Lifts The Veil On Copyright Takedowns: Reveals Detailed Data On Who Requests Link Removals

As part of Google's ongoing Transparency Report efforts, today the company has released a whole new section on copyright takedowns, containing a huge amount of information on the many takedown requests Google receives.

There's data on which sites are most frequently targeted, which lists out a bunch of torrent search sites and file lockers and such.
Don't be surprised to see some try to claim that this is an accurate list of "rogue sites" that Google should block entirely.

However, if you look carefully at the data, Google also highlights the percentage of pages on those sites for which they've received takedowns, and the vast majority of them are well below 1%.
In other words, no one has complained about well over 99% of the pages on these sites.
It seems pretty drastic to suggest that these sites are obviously nothing but evil, when so many of their pages don't seem to receive any complaints at all.

Perhaps more important, however, is that Google is processing over 250,000 such requests per week -- which is more than they got in the entire year of 2009.

For all of 2011, Google receive 3.3 million copyright takedowns for search... and here we are in just May of 2012, and they're already processing over 1.2 million per month.

And while we've heard reports that Google is slow to respond to takedowns, it says that its average turnaround time last week was 11 hours.
Think about that for a second.
It's reviewing each one of these takedowns, getting 250,000 per week... and can still process them in less than 12 hours. That's pretty impressive.

It's also interesting to hear that these reviews catch some pretty flagrant bogus takedown requests:

quote:
At the same time, we try to catch erroneous or abusive removal requests. For example, we recently rejected two requests from an organization representing a major entertainment company, asking us to remove a search result that linked to a major newspaper’s review of a TV show. The requests mistakenly claimed copyright violations of the show, even though there was no infringing content. We’ve also seen baseless copyright removal requests being used for anticompetitive purposes, or to remove content unfavorable to a particular person or company from our search results.
It's good to see Google catch these, as plenty of other sites would automatically take such content down, just to avoid any question of liability.


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MrFixit1

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What would be good is Google naming and shaming those making the " erroneous or abusive removal requests " !



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reply to Noah Vail

said by Noah Vail:

And while we've heard reports that Google is slow to respond to takedowns, it says that its average turnaround time last week was 11 hours.
Think about that for a second.
It's reviewing each one of these takedowns, getting 250,000 per week... and can still process them in less than 12 hours. That's pretty impressive.

Reviewing? I really doubt that. These takedowns are handled programaticly, as Google readily admits. No one is reviewing them.