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Explore requests from July to December 2015

Request: We received a copyright takedown notice from the Greensboro Police Department to remove a YouTube video criticizing police brutality. The video briefly displays the department's logo.

Outcome: We asked the claimant to consider whether the video is protected by fair use and never heard back. We did not remove the video from YouTube.

Removal requests from July to December 2015

Examples of requests that we encounter

Total removal requests received: 480

Total items requested for removal: 1582

Compliance rates in July to December 2015


Google’s compliance rate for requests which include a court order: 49%

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: 72%

Reasons for removals in July to December 2015

Reason % Total Removal Requests
Defamation 66% 316
Other 16% 78
Privacy and Security 9% 45
Copyright 2% 10
Trademark 2% 10
Bullying/Harassment 1% 7
Reason Unspecified 1% 6
Impersonation 1% 3
Obscenity/Nudity 1% 3
Fraud 0% 2

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