Remember when Google announced their new DMCA algorithm update a bit ago. Well over the past week, the search engine has received enough DMCA requests to remove 11,668,660 allegedly infringing URLs. That’s nearly double the amount it received a few weeks back, and also the largest week-to-week increase in the company’s history.
It’s not just big pirates sites that are being targeted now, either, it’s also smaller ones; quite likely the very same that have taken the place of the likes of The Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents. Last week’s top five targeted sites were conexaomp3.com, vmusice.net, tpbt.org, proxymirror.co and helpamillionpeople.com (who runs a Pirate Bay proxy through a subdomain).
While these sites have flown under the radar until now, for the most part, they’ve all had more than 300,000 URLs removed last week.
It’s quite likely that we’ll see a continuous attack on these sites via DMCA notices sent to Google and other search engines.
Google’s decision to update this particular algorithm came as a reaction to the complaints the music and movie industries kept having regarding the fact that the search engine wasn’t doing nearly enough to fight against piracy, although they’d much rather torrent sites simply disappear completely.