Rightsholders submitted more than 558m URLs to Google in 2015 for DMCA takedowns – up 60% year-on-year.

That’s according to TorrentFreak, which crunched the public data from Google on DMCA requests to its search engine.

“For the first time ever the number of reported URLs has surpassed half a billion in a 12-month period. This is an increase of 60 percent compared to last year, when the search engine processed 345 million pirate links,” explained its report.

The BPI remains the most active rightsholder in submitting takedowns: more than 65m in 2015 alone. chomikuj.plrapidgator.net and uploaded.net were the most-targeted domains last year, with more than 7m takedown requests apiece.

“Looking at the totals for this year we further see that 329,469 different domain names were targeted by 27,035 copyright holders,” explained TorrentFreak.

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