The number of URLs to infringing content removed by Google from its search engine nearly doubled in 2016 to more than 900m links. That’s according to end-of-year analysts by TorrentFreak, which noted that rightsholders actually asked Google to remove more than a billion links in 2016, up from 558m in 2015.

89.8% of those requests were acted on by Google, covering 351k websites. Once again, the BPI was the most prominent sender of takedowns, battering Google with more than 80m requests over the year.

“While the number of notices has steadily increased over the past several years, there are some early signs that they may level off in 2017,” reported TorrentFreak. “Over the past six months, the overall volume hasn’t increased, with the number of weekly takedowns hovering around 20 million.”

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