Trusted Copyright Removal Programme guidelines: Google Compute Engine

Cloud: Google Compute Engine

The Trusted Copyright Removal Programme (‘TCRP’) is designed to enable high-volume submitters that send high-quality copyright removal requests to submit such requests efficiently to Google’s Compute Engine. The programme includes a streamlined process, with the aim of reducing turnaround time for each request. This programme is currently available only for live streams. Non-live content should be reported via the standard cloud platform copyright track. 

Admission requirements

To be admitted to the Trusted Copyright Removal Programme for Compute Engine you need to meet the following criteria:

For existing members of Google's Trusted Copyright Removal Programme

  • A demonstrated need for a high-volume tool for live events (e.g. information about your activity related to live events, schedule of your live events).
  • A track record of submitting complete and accurate copyright removal requests concerning live event streaming through our standard copyright webform. This typically means 10 or more past submissions.

For new members 

  • A demonstrated need for a high-volume tool for live events (e.g. information about your activity related to live events, schedule of your live events).
  • A track record of submitting complete and accurate copyright removal requests concerning live event streaming through our standard copyright webform. This typically means 20 or more past submissions.

Note that those who repeatedly submit inappropriate copyright removal requests through TCRP may be terminated from the programme. This includes removal requests for lawful, non-infringing content, including works in the public domain. By joining the programme, you agree that Google has no obligation to process inappropriate removal requests sent through the TCRP.

Application

Those interested in accessing the programme should submit an application. Once the application has been reviewed and approved, you'll be able to start submitting URLs immediately. Acceptance to the programme is at Google's discretion and is limited to submitters with excellent track records for accuracy in their takedown submissions.

Advantages of the programme

TCRP offers advantages over the standard copyright removals track.

  • Expedited review: requests submitted through TCRP will get expedited review.
  • Simplified requests: users can submit Google Cloud IP addresses without having to submit URLs that point to the allegedly pirated live stream.

Limitations

Because we process submissions through this tool as copyright removal requests, the tool is appropriate only for claims of copyright infringement. There are several types of submissions that we don’t accept through TCRP. These include notices for content hosted on Google products other than Cloud, Lumen notices or ID numbers, and circumvention notices.

Moreover, in order to strike the right balance between speed and the need to prevent errors and abuse, the tool is intended for clear cases of copyright infringement only. For submissions that address materials that raise more difficult issues on which reasonable people may differ, such as material that could arguably be considered fair use or that relates to circumvention devices, please submit through the webform.

Submissions in the standard copyright removals track

Copyright removal requests for stored (i.e. non-live stream) content on a Cloud platform must be  submitted through our standard copyright webform. You will need to sign out of your TCRP account, and sign in using a different Google Account to make standard webform submissions.

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