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Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) receives more complaints about websites allegedly infringing on Microsoft Inc.’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) copyrights than it does about piracy issues, according to an Associated Press report.
As the largest Internet search engine, Google finds about 97 percent of copyright removal requests to be valid, resulting in the links being taken out of Google’s search results. A new report by the company details all of the requests to remove links due to copyright infringement that the company has received since July 2011. According to the report, Google has received over 2.5 million requests in the past 11 months to remove links that infringe Microsoft copyrights. The second biggest headache was NBC Universal (NASDAQ:CMCSA) with 1 million removal requests.
The Record Industry Association of America, which has been at war against digital piracy since the days of Napster, has about 416,000 requests. Also in the top ten for removal requests are Sony Music, owned by Sony Corp. (NYSE:SNE) and Universal Music, a subsidiary of Vivendi.
Google has decided to shed light on its dealings with copyright abuse amidst outcry for more stringent regulations against online piracy. The company supported the now defunct Stop Online Piracy Act. According to Google’s report, it receives around 250,000 removal requests a week, more than they received during all of 2009.
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