Google Search Asked to Remove One Billion 'Pirate' Links in 9 Months

In a period of less than nine months, Google received requests to remove over a billion links to pirate sites from its search engine. This is a significant increase compared to recent years, but not necessarily a new trend. More than a quarter of all reported links, relating to a single website, were sent by MindGeek, the parent company of PornHub.

You know, it’s interesting that I get so much search news from TorrentFreak, of all places. It’s crazy that Google got 1 billion takedown requests this year, and very noteworthy that 250 million of those requests were from Pornhub owner Mindgeek! Most of these are the same pirate site…

Last year, MG Premium scored a multi-million dollar damages win in a U.S. federal court against pirate ‘tube site’ Daftsex . This order also took down the main .com domain, but that didn’t stop the site. Daftsex simply continued using alternative domains which remain available to this day.

In the first few months of the year, the company flagged more than a quarter billion Daftsex URLs, mostly and


Holy smokes!

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yeah this is an absolutely wild number, would imagine the mindgeek activity is a drop in the ocean when it comes to that sort of piracy.

It’s easy to copy online content and make money from it. I guess this might be one of the reasons that Google is proposing Web Integrity API a.k.a DRM for the internet.