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October 8, 2013

Google taking down over eight pirate links per second

Over 5.3 million pirate links were taken down during late September.

By CBR Staff Writer

Google is taking down about eight copyright-infringing links from its search engine every second.

According to Google’s latest transparency report, about 5.3 million pirate links were removed during the last week of September, showing a major growth in the number of takedown notices filed by copyright owners over 2012.

Between 23 and 29 September 2013, Google received notices from about 5,407 copyright holders and reporting organisations, requesting the elimination of 5,310,080 URLs that spanned a total of 37,413 domains.

Overall in September, Google received 21.5 million URL requests from 3,499 copyright owners, which spanned a total 36,211 domains.

BPI sought for removal of 5.7 million URLs, followed by the RIAA (2.2 million), Froytal Services (2.16 million), RK NetMedia (861,901) and FOX (706,258). was the top domain specified during the month, followed by,, and

The British Recorded Music Industry (BPI) topped the list of reporting organisations, followed by Degban, Recording Industry Association of America, MarkMonitor AntiPiracy and Remove your Media.

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During the last week of September, Google was criticised by the UK MPs for failing to block websites offering illegal music and film downloads, which is reportedly costing the creative industries millions of pounds in revenue every year.

Copyright infringement had also been alleged of endangering thousands of British jobs in the creative industries which claimed to have added £36bn per year to the country’s economy.

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