Ever since Google promised to downgrade websites in its search results if they received lots of successful takedown notices, entertainment rightsholders have been peppering Google with… LOTS of takedown notices. TorrentFreak has some good analysis of the data published by Google, noting that music body the RIAA is about to send its 10 millionth URL-removal request to Google, having sent 1.7m in January alone. The post also points out that torrent sites and cyberlockers aren’t getting the most takedowns from this particular source: it’s MP3 search engines like Downloads.nl, MP3s.pl and Filestube that are eliciting the most requests from the RIAA. While the efforts continue, it’s still unclear how and when Google is downgrading the sites – something that continues to cause much ire within major and indie music rightsholders alike.
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