When a copyright owner discovers that its copyrighted material is reproduced on a website without the owner’s permission, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) allows the owner to send to a website host, or other service provider, a “DMCA request” to remove the infringing content.

The Google search engine receives many of these DMCA takedown requests, and it recently received its 5 billionth such request to delist URLs that point to allegedly infringing content. Additional details can be found on Google’s “Transparency Report,” found at  https://transparencyreport.google.com/copyright/overview.