As copyright holders try to make copyrighted content harder to find, many send infringement reports to Google. According to the company’s Transparency Report the top ten targets are focused on file-hosting, site unblocking, and music downloads. Google has received a staggering 70 million complaints about them – in the last year alone.
What is interesting is how a relatively small number of domains account for a disproportionate number of takedowns. For instance last month two sites – file-hosting site 4shared and MP3 site GoEar – accounted for close to 11 million takedowns. That means that it took complaints against another 77,855 domains to make up the remaining 76 million URLs.