If you follow the Google Transparency Report, you will have seen this official Google description of what the report measures:
Google regularly receives requests fromÂ copyright ownersÂ andÂ reporting organizationsÂ that represent them to remove search results that link to material that allegedly infringes copyrights. Each request names specific URLs to be removed, and we list the domain portions of URLs requested to be removed underÂ specified domains.
That means that the transparency report only measures links in Googleâ€™s search engine. Â That doesnâ€™t include Blogger which is a hot bed of links to sites using the BitTorrent protocol, and it also does not include YouTube.
YouTube, of course, is a site that is 100% within Googleâ€™s control and for which Google sells 100% of the advertising.
Weâ€™ve always wondered why the transparency report doesnâ€™tÂ include all take down notices that Google receives across all of its platforms, because that would beâ€¦you knowâ€¦transparent.
Today we find out from a Google representative (the elusive and nameless Google representative who really gets around) that YouTube took down 180 MILLION infringing videos LAST YEAR ALONE according to PC World:
Google argues that new laws arenâ€™t needed to protect copyright holders.
â€œWeâ€™ll continue working to protect people using our services,â€ Googleâ€™s lawyer said Monday. Last year alone, he said, it removed 500 million â€œbad adsâ€ and over 180 million YouTube videos for policy violations.
Aside from the mindblowing number of takedowns, this admission raises a more interesting question. Â If any advertising was sold against the 180 million videosâ€“and it would be hard to believe that NO advertising was soldâ€“what happened to that money? Â Did any advertisers get a refund?
What do you think?