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Google handles 1,500 'pirate' takedown requests every minute

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The Pirate Bay

The war against piracy has been going on for years, and it’s a fight that shows no sign of slowing.

Google now processes over 1,500 takedown requests for “pirate” pages every single minute.

That’s an incredible 100% increase compared to last year, as first revealed by TorrentFreak.

A report by the site outlines how the search engine is being flooded with more DMCA takedown notices than ever before.

In 2011, the search engine received only a few hundred takedown notices per day,” the TF report reads, continuing: “but in the same period it now processes more than two million ‘pirate’ links”.

That startling total equates to around 25 requests per second, and shows no sign of slowing.

In the past month alone, exactly 5,609 different copyright holders submitted requests to Google.

These requests targeted 65 million links, covering 68,484 domain names.

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Unfortunately, with such a staggering amount of requests, Google is often forced to deal with duplicates and mistakes.

In an effort to stem the takedown tidal wave, Google recently modified its search algorithm to give less weight to websites that receive a high number of infringement notices.

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