Google Transparency Report May 2012Google's Transparency Report is a great tool for analyzing how many URL removal requests the search giant is processing. The weekly number of URLs removed  reached about 285,000 the week of May 14. That's double the 130,000 removals it processed during the week of July 18 a year ago. Microsoft is one of the largest users of Google's Transparency Report, monitoring it to remove URLs that it believes contain infringed copyrights. Other companies that also rely heavily on it include NBCUniversal, RIAA, SONY and LionsGate. Google Copyright Owners RequestsThe URLs most requested to be removed were file-hosting websites such as filestube, 4shared, beemp3 and zippyshare, or torrent websites like,, and Google Copyright Targeted DomainsAfter seeing Google's report, it's hard not to conclude that opyright infringement continues to grow in proportion to the rise of media content. One way to get ahead of the problem is to have the owners of copyrighted material use the Google removal Web form.