(January 7, 2015) Google Removal Requests Rise By 550,000,000%
The British Phonographic Industry made the most requests to Google in 2014 for the removal of links to copyrighted material.
Google received more than 345 million requests to remove links to copyrighted material last year - up from just 62 in 2008.
The UK music industry trade body BPI appealed most to Google, asking for more than 60 million links to be deleted from its search index.
Just three sites accounted for five million of the URL takedown requests - uploaded.net, 4shared.com and rapidgator.net.
The figures were compiled by Torrent Freak using Google's weekly transparency reports. The majority of copyright takedown requests to Google are complied with.
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