Google has experienced a rise in requests to remove copyright-infringing URLs.
Google has released its transparency report showing that it received 1.24 million copyright take-down requests in the last month, mostly by copyright owners Microsoft and NBC Universal.
Fred von Lohmann,Google's senior copyright counsel, wrote on the Official Google Blog:
As you can see from the report, the number of requests has been increasing rapidly. These days it’s not unusual for us to receive more than 250,000 requests each week, which is more than what copyright owners asked us to remove in all of 2009. In the past month alone, we received about 1.2 million requests made on behalf of more than 1,000 copyright owners to remove search results. These requests targeted some 24,000 different websites.