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Requests by the numbers

We receive lists of URLs from BPjM (BPjM-Modul), a federal government youth protection agency in Germany, for sites that contain content that violates German youth protection law, like content touting Nazi memorabilia, extreme violence or adult content, and we may remove those search results from

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Explore requests from July to December 2015

Request: We received a copyright takedown notice on behalf of the city of Heidenau to remove a YouTube video that juxtaposed the town's anthem with footage of right-wing protesters clashing with riot police.

Outcome: Based on Heidenau's explicit confirmation that the content infringes their copyright and no copyright defenses, limitations or exceptions apply, we removed the YouTube video for copyright infringement. After the uploader filed a valid counter notification about the legal use of content, we reinstated the video.

Removal requests from July to December 2015

Examples of requests that we encounter

Total removal requests received: 199

Total items requested for removal: 1290

Compliance rates in July to December 2015


Google’s compliance rate for requests which include a court order: 68%

Note that frequently court orders included with requests do not compel Google to take any action. Rather, they often result from a dispute with a third party and are submitted by the requesting user as evidence to support their claim that we should remove the content.

Google’s compliance rate for requests from government agencies or law enforcement: 66%

Reasons for removals in July to December 2015

Reason % Total Removal Requests
Defamation 41% 81
Privacy and Security 25% 49
Other 14% 28
Hate Speech 7% 13
Copyright 4% 8
Business Complaints 4% 7
Obscenity/Nudity 3% 6
Reason Unspecified 2% 3
Bullying/Harassment 1% 2
Trademark 1% 2

Breakdown of all of the requests we received during the reporting period.