Just going with the word transparency, Google has decided to be more transparent in its annual Transparency Report. Now, it is willing to reveal the detailed information about who has asked for copyright infringement removal requests and how many times. This is a tradition that Google first started two years ago, which was about the number of URL or content removal requests, requests for personal data for an individual. These requests were mostly from different governments from around the world. In their blog post, they have shared the reason for their approach in these words:
“We believe that openness is crucial for the future of the Internet. When something gets in the way of the free flow of information, we believe there should be transparency around what that block might be.”
Now, the report also mentions different companies and organisations that have requested the removal of content infringing on copyrights. Microsoft had made a total of 522,252 requests which is more than any one. Being the big operating system that is it, Microsoft faces more such troubles. In all of these requests that Google receives, they try to fulfill only the legitimate ones. Over the years, as much as online content is growing, there have been much copyright infringements.
Still a lot of the copied content go unreported and some have even faced problems even when their content was original. These issues are mostly faced by blogs and bloggers. One standard that Google tries to follow is of the policies set by Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Fighting piracy is not just a problem of search engines like Google, but the governments must also take strict legal action against trespassers.
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