Microsoft: Yes, We Do Send Takedown Requests To Bing, Too

bing-b-logoMicrosoft says it does send copyright-related takedown requests to its own search engine, Bing, in addition to the multitude of requests that it sends to Google.

This comes on the heels of yesterday’s news that Microsoft is the number one submitter of copyright-related URL removal requests to Google. It sent more than 500,000 such requests in the past month, asking Google to remove URLs that host pirated copies of Microsoft products and other copyright-infringing material.

TechDirt pointed out that some of the URLs that Microsoft asked Google to remove were still appearing in Bing’s search results.

A Microsoft spokesperson explained that to us today, saying that it’s because the infringing URLs hadn’t been indexed in Bing when the takedown notices were sent:

Microsoft sends takedown notices to search engines, including Bing, only after it verifies that content has been indexed. At the time of the takedown notice in question, the link to the particular piece of infringing content was not included in Bing’s search results.

The URL that TechDirt showed as listed in Bing yesterday is no longer showing in Bing’s index.


In this case, then, it appears that Google’s speed in indexing URLs — which it often does more quickly than Bing — is the main reason why Google had received the takedown request in question before Bing did.

But I have to add … Bing isn’t going to make many friends with related searches like the one above that helps searchers find a site to download Spartacus.

Related Topics: Channel: Consumer | Legal: Copyright | Microsoft: Bing | Top News


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  • Steve Labinski

    This is the kind of stuff that drives me nuts.  You know – when Google discovers that JC Penneys buys backlinks, they see fit to lock them out of the search results in about ten minutes. I know someone who spent one ill-advised evening clicking on the Google AdSense ads on his website racking up maybe $10 in self-created commissions – and Google the next day locked his Google account and banned his website from AdSense. (I swear it wasn’t me!)

    But – hey – if this involves others, we’ve all got to jump through DCMA hoops and spend tons of time and money to beg them to take down a url just so pirates can immediately repost it and fifty others like it on the same website.  

    Does Google understand that nowadays we content producers are like Mickey Mouse trying to stop the water in the Sorcerer’s Apprentice?  Why the Hell don’t search engines simply stop showing these same pirate sites in their search engine results?   Filestube,, etc are nothing but criminal enterprises, do search engines have to keep pumping customers to their websites?

  • Matt McGee

    Steve – I can’t speak about the two specific sites you mentioned in the last paragraph there, but I can say that torrent sites and file-sharing sites have very many legitimate, legal uses (and users). To say all should be shut down or banned from Google because some are used illegally would be like saying all blogs should be closed down because some use them for illegal purposes.

  • cutey

    In the fashion sector, Bing is full of counterfeit sites.

  • Steve Labinski

    And what uses would these be which ALSO necessitate these things to appear prominently in search engine results?

  • Matt McGee

    Countless businesses and organizations use file-sharing sites for a variety of (legal) reasons. The BBC has used torrents to distribute content, for example. SXSW has used torrents to help spread content. The Linux OS community has used torrents legally to distribute material. Just a couple weeks ago, the band Counting Crows (and its record label) released its latest album via BitTorrent. I’m sure you could find others, too, if you’re interested.

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