By McKinley Noble | 12-31-2012 | 7:35PM
At the request of many major publishers and studios, Google has been making an effort to eliminate search results that point directly to piracy-related sites with torrents and live streaming feeds.
According to TorrentFreak, that's added up over time to 50 million search results in the last year:
Google doesn’t report yearly figures, but we added up all the weekly reports and found that in 2012 Google was asked to remove 51,395,353 links to infringing webpages. Nearly all of these webpages are no longer showing up in Google’s search results.
The data further reveals the RIAA is the most active sender. The music group asked Google to remove links to 7,816,766 allegedly infringing webpages this year.
Additionally, the Mountain View-based company also publishes a running tally of their anti-piracy efforts on their official Google Transparency Report, which target URLS like FilesTube and SumoTorrent, along with several other websites.
Ironically, Google's own search engine is a popular tool for users seeking alternative ways to download movies, TV shows and other media—a fact that hasn't passed the notice of companies like FOX and the MPAA.
However, Google is also one of the only search engines so actively tracking the Internet's worst piracy offenders.
That hasn't gone as far as the company de-listing websites from their search engine, but their current most frequently-used method is "downgrading" certain URLs so that they won't show up so frequently with common search terms.