Despite 70 Million Copyright Complaints Last Year, the Top 10 Infringing Sites Are Still Standing…

Top 10 Illegal Sites Received 70 Million Complaints Last Year

According to a report by TorrentFreak, Google’s Transparency Report shows that the top 10 infringing sites received 70 million infringement complaints last year.

This news comes after major copyright holders have been struggling to control massive online infringement for nearly two decades.  There have been major efforts surrounding a proposed modification to the longstanding ‘Takedown’ policies, powered by a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) loophole.

But, the obvious problem there is that anything ‘taken down’ almost instantly reappears.  Copyright owners complain that despite sending millions of notices, the same content reappears, sometimes only a matter of hours after being taken down.  In this case, the ten most obvious offenders were nearly impossible to remove.

For years, copyright owners have been battling for ‘Takedown’ to become ‘Take down, Stay down‘ for obvious, repeated infringers.  These changes would allow copyright holders to issue a DMCA notice to a site for a specific piece of content and that content would be prevented from reappearing again on the same platform.

But Google has strongly opposed this movement, deeming the proposal not viable and “not a solution”.  Though, there has been talk that there may be alterations to the existing law, and there have been a few Copyright Office roundtables to discuss and consider if the DMCA safe harbor provisions are working as intended.

When considering there were 70 million takedown requests from just 10 sites last year, its hard to say that these provisions are working at all.

Below are the top 10 sites with the most complaints last year…

Despite 70 Million Copyright Complaints Last Year, the Top 10 Infringing Sites Are Still Standing...

32 Responses

  1. doos

    When considering there were 70 million takedown requests from just 10 sites last year, its hard to say that these provisions are working at all.

    the industry asked for them. and now that the courts ruled against them they want the law changed. typhical.

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    • FarePlay

      We all know, even you, that the Section 512 takedown notification provision is broken and does not uphold the original intent of legislators. You can’t deny or obscure this no matter how fast you dance.

      Unlike SOPA, the stay down provision that is being called for by a growing number of creators, from all disciplines: film, music, literature, photography and design is determined by the individual who created the work and/or the copyright holder.

      For the most part individual working people who are just trying to make a living and being deprived of that opportunity by others using their work for self gain and decimating the value of the work by those who created it.

      Show your support: http://www.takedownstaydown.org

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      • doos

        We all know, even you, that the Section 512 takedown notification provision is broken and does not uphold the original intent of legislators.

        that’s a strange claim considering you made the thing. i guess when the courts started ruling against you that’s when it became *broken*

        and yes you are asking for sopa 2. toy wanted these provisions in the last one and you wanted them now. stop trying to lie to me

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  2. BFG

    your not exactly the most sympathetic people here industry shrills,

    from buying congressmen to sopa.

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  3. abbas

    from the people who said home taping is killing music. get a life old men.

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  4. Anonymous

    “Google’s Transparency Report”

    Google’s Blackmail Department, you mean…

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    • Anonymous

      Here’s the silver lining:

      Ad-blockers on cell phones grew about 90% last year.

      They’re built into everything now. Everybody’s using them in Asia today. EU and the U.S. will follow tomorrow.

      So Google/YouTube, the world’s greatest piracy company, disrupter and advertising company — who completely failed to see, let alone address the problem — is now the sitting target of History’s most simple, elegant and destructive disruption strategy, just waiting for the bullet to hit.

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      • Anonymous

        By all means, SOPA’s a great concept.

        And in case you didn’t get the memo, it’s not like people listen to Google propaganda anymore.

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        • doos

          By all means, SOPA’s a great concept.

          said no one who was not an old industry guy that does not understands technology or how the internet works. but what can i expect from people that still think it’s 1993 and that home taping would have killed music?

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          • doos

            its just so…out of touch…with the 21st century.

          • Wakey, wakey

            Dude, this ain’t the 2000s, nobody listens to pirates anymore. Not even Google, haha.

  5. Amanda

    If being in touch with the 21 century, you mean thinking it’s OK to take what does not belong to you as long as it’s on the internet, then maybe you’re right. — said the mother of two making her living from copyright — definitely not an old man.

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    • doos

      If being in touch with the 21 century, you mean thinking it’s OK to take what does not belong to you as long as it’s on the internet,

      perhaps you can tell me where i said that. or are you just building strawmen to prop up your arguments because you have no idea how technology and the internet works? as seen by your representatives who think the internet is google?

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      • doos

        lets face it lady. this is an industry that is so out of touch with everything that they think a ###### baby dancing to a prince song being fair use *something they don’t believe in because hey #### the public.* is will lead to the downfall of the industry and that checking for something as basic as a video being fair use and NOT being illegal is a task only some god is capable of and that it is going to destroy music as we know it just like betamax destroyed the movie industry in the 80s.

        oh wait.

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          • Doos

            Bye bye shrill. Maybe if you actually tried to stop living like the 1990s are coming back you would be doing better now. If you spent as much time on that as you do suing everyone and trying to buy laws you would be doind better

  6. Rick Shaw

    It’s interesting that Google.com isn’t listed on this report put our by Google.

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      • Rick Shaw

        I hope you looked in a mirror when you said that? Sheesh, moron much?

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      • Wooly

        He actually does have a point. Google is a well-documented source of directing people to copyrighted-infringed (pirate) content (and this doesn’t take into account Google-owned YouTube, which is also not listed, which has more illegal content that most anywhere and receives more takedown notices than any other site).

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        • doos

          still bitter about viacom losing in court eh?
          go buy a congressman.

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          • Rick Shaw

            not making a lot of sense. put down the crack pipe. It is ok to admit that I’m right.

  7. Max

    Doos, you’re such a douch. Sounds like you could care less about the people who created the music that is getting screwed in this process. You should go away

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    • doos

      Doos, you’re such a douch. Sounds like you could care less about the people who created the music that is getting screwed in this process.

      no i just know how all of you are. pretty much everyone you have not bought hates what want to do to the internet. but like everything else you don’t care. they hated you with sopa. they hate that you have no concern for fair use. they hate the broken copyright system that you keep trying to make worse with every effort. the only ones who don’t seem to think that is you. i hear labels talking about protecting the artist but everytime i see it they get the most money from it. i see them talk about how the the internet is going to destroy everything just like with home taping. mixtapes and everything else. its the same thing every new tech. i see them talk about how they will just DIE if they don’t turn the net into some broken mess. and how guys like you shrill for them EVERY DAY. people whose whole gig is basically f everyone we want to go back to the 90s because we can’t move up in a new age and are trying to keep things like the good old days.

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  8. Versus

    We obviously need a replacement for DMCA which is just not working.

    And it needs teeth: financial penalties for repeat infringers, and payouts from those to rights-holders who were the victims.

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    • Doos

      Your right the dmca is not working. Seeing as they practically crashed the comment site saying it was bad. Not fornthe reasons you put out mind you. But you just ignored them too. Thats the thing about all of you. Everyones wrong but you right?

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  9. question

    does anyone here know how to solve a problem other than bombing the shit out of the net like bush did to iraq?

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