Google Asked to Purge a Million Search Results a Month
The request-for-removal metric is a new one, appearing in the latest version of the report released Thursday.
Top copyright-owning link-killers during March, Google reports, were Microsoft, which asked that more than half a million (546,716) URLs be sanitized from search results; NBC Universal (165,662); BPI -- British Recorded Music Industry -- (151,087); porn site Elegant Angel (41,803); and the RIAA (31,922).
Top targets of the link purgers were filestube.com, with 41,307 contested links; torrentz.eu (22,551); 4shared.com (20,158); torrentreactor.net (18,856); and zippyshare.com (18,844).
Purge Requests Increase
According to Google Senior Copyright Counsel Fred von Lohman, requests for URL purges have been snowballing. "These days it’s not unusual for us to receive more than 250,000 requests each week, which is more than what copyright owners asked us to remove in all of 2009," he writes in a company blog.