That’s according to the latest tallies shared by Google, a company now grappling with continued and massive ramp-ups in DMCA takedown demands. At present, Google is now yanking more than 16.3 million infringing urls a month, with the RIAA and BPI among the biggest issuers of takedown demands.
All of which translates into 543,500 infringing urls per day, or roughly 6 urls per second.
The question is whether Google can effectively slow this avalanche, and whether this forces an entirely different dialogue. Google legal director (and former EFF crusader) Fred von Lohmann has publicly complained about possible encroachments on freedom of speech and information. Google has even implemented caps on the number of takedown requests allowed, citing technical compliance and site performance problems.
At present, the takedowns appear to be having a very limited impact on piracy and infringing content availability. Enter Kanye West, whose latest album, Yeezus, has been the subject of hundreds or even thousands of major label takedown requests. Yet this is what a search for Yeezus torrents brings up, as of Monday morning.