Google will process copyright takedown requests for content on Google.com and Blogger within 24 hours in 2011. The changes follow YouTube's Content ID protection scheme.
Google Dec. 2 said it plans to improve its copyright and piracy protection
procedures, including processing copyright takedown requests for content within
The search engine said it is building tools to improve the submission
process to make it easier for rights-holders to submit Digital Millennium
Copyright Act takedown requests for Google products, beginning with Web search
These tools, which will roll out in 2011, will help reduce Google's response
time to 24 hours or less, said Google General Counsel Kent Walker.
"We respond expeditiously to requests to remove such content from our
services, and have been improving our procedures over time," Walker
said in a blog post
. "But as the Web grows, and the number
of requests grows with it, we are working to develop new ways to better address
the underlying problem."
Google will also prevent terms that are closely associated with piracy from
appearing in its auto-complete search feature, which offers searches that might
be similar to the ones users are typing.
Google also vowed to pare privacy for its AdSense third-party ad network,
working with rights-holders to locate and jettison violators from the program.
Taking down copyrighted content from Google.com search is the big news here.
Google currently removes copyrighted content on its YouTube video-sharing
Website within a few hours after rights-holders use Google's takedown tools, a
Google spokesperson told eWEEK.
This expediency was born out of necessity. In a long-running copyright
infringement case with Viacom, Viacom sued Google and YouTube for gross
Google won a summary judgment
versus Viacom in the case in June from
a court that claimed YouTube was protected under safe harbor provisions in the
While YouTube has adjusted to pull content quickly thanks to a Content ID
system that identifies unauthorized clips as
they are uploaded and let rights-holders take them down immediately, there is
currently no rapid removal process in Google search results.
Takedown requests for Google search may take days or weeks to process, if
they get processed at all.
A Google spokesperson said this is because Google receives "a much
larger proportion of defective and incomplete notices, which slows down the
"By building better tools and processes, starting with Blogger and Web
search, we can make it easier for copyright owners to submit complete takedown
requests that we can act on in 24 hours or less," Google said.
The timing of these copyright and piracy combating announcements is
interesting. Viacom is filing an appeal Dec. 3 with the Second U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals to get the ruling against it overturned.