Since January 2012, internet juggernaut Google has seen a 1,300% increase in copyright-related take-down demands from those asserting ownership of content. In the latest week measured, they received a staggering 2,857,808 demands. If a company with the resources of Google struggles to keep up with the volume of demands — many of them from entertainment-related concerns — it’s hard to fathom how any website could keep its head above water.
If you check out Google’s comprehensive Transparency Report, it’s loaded with many more astonishing statistics. In the last month alone, 44,316 specified domains have been hit with take-down demands from 1,434 reporting organizations. These include entertainment-related organizations like the Recording Industry Association of America (No. 2 on the list) and NBC Universal (No. 8), as well as companies devoted solely to take-down services, such as Remove Your Media LLC and Removeyourcontent LLC (Nos. 10 and 12, respectively).
Where do websites like Google go from here? It’s been well documented that the larger sites oppose SOPA, the controversial anti-piracy legislation, versions of which still are circulating in the U.S. House of Representatives. SOPA would let law enforcement get more involved in preventing the piracy at issue in take-down demands. For more information on SOPA’s status, visit this website.