A Google report reveals that most of the complaints about copyright infringements come from Microsoft. Even more than those from entertainment companies, who are mainly responsible for pushing piracy laws online like SOPA.
Google released this information last Thursday. All requests for removing content that violates copyright laws since July 2011 have been broken down into a report that is accessible here: Google Transparency Report.
Ever since it began, Google has received 2.5 million link removal requests for Microsoft copyright violations. Microsoft tops the list in that regard, followed by NBC Universal, with 1 million requests. The reported copyright violations were not specified. Microsoft has long since complained about illegal downloads of some of its products, mostly its operating systems.
Aside from Microsoft and NBC Universal, many removal requests also come from major music labels. These companies include Sony Music, Universal Music, and the Recording Industry Association of America.
Last month, Google received 1.2 million requests for removal by a thousand copyright owners. In one week, as much as 250,000 requests can be tallied, which is more requests than the total number obtained for the year 2009.
According to Fred von Lohmann, Google’s senior copyright lawyer, the reason why complaints have risen tremendously is due to the availability of highly advanced technology that allows copyright owners to track violations quickly.
Most complaints point to the following websites: filestube.com, torrentz.eu, and 4shared.com.