Google has been publishing what it’s dubbed Transparency Reports for some time now — detailing things like government requests to remove content from search results or requests for users’ information — and it’s now added another big chunk of data to them in the interest of full disclosure. Starting today, you can see the number of removal requests it receives from companies over copyright and piracy concerns. As you can imagine, there’s a lot — over 1.2 million in the past month alone, a number that Google notes is increasing at a substantial rate. Among those asking for takedowns, Microsoft is by far the leader, filing well over half a million requests all by itself in the past month (the film and music industries are also, of course, well represented). You can pour through all the results yourself at the source link below.
Google adds copyright takedowns to Transparency Reports, 1.2 million a month and growing