Almost all major torrent websites agree to remove links to pirated materials when they're asked to do so (The Pirate Bay has always been and remains an exception). For instance, Bitsnoop has removed over two million torrents. Another interesting fact is that Google receives more takedown requests targeting torrents than the source websites.

Copyright holders make use of the takedown services in attempts to protect their profits and remove infringing material, thus generating tens of thousands of DMCA notices monthly. One of the prime targets is Bitsnoop, which boasts one of the largest torrent databases online Ė over 24 million files. In the meantime, Bitsnoop removed 8% of its torrents following the millions of takedown requests received over the years. The service is largely contacted by Remove Your Media, the RIAA and Microsoft.

Aside from torrent websites, copyright owners also target Google, asking it to indirectly remove access to infringing torrents emerging in its search results. As a result, Google receives more requests for Bitsnoop than the torrent websites themselves do.

Even despite complying with takedown procedure, torrent websites canít escape criticism. On the one side, users complain that their torrents disappear. On the other, copyright holders complain about the newly uploaded torrents. As for torrent trackers, they are tired of fighting errors in DMCA requests.