updated 5/24/2012 7:05:44 PM ET 2012-05-24T23:05:44

Google's Internet search engine receives more complaints about websites believed to be infringing on Microsoft's copyrights than it does about material produced by entertainment companies pushing for tougher laws against online piracy.

A snapshot of Microsoft's apparently rampant copyright headaches emerged in new data that Google released Thursday to provide a better understanding of the intellectual property abuses on the Internet.

(Msnbc is a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC Universal).

The report provides a breakdown on all requests Google has received since July 2011 to remove copyright-infringing content from its search index.

Since July, Google has logged more than 2.5 million requests to remove links believed to be violating Microsoft's copyrights. Google isn't identifying the nature of the infringements, but Microsoft has long complained about illegal downloads of its Windows operating system and other software.

Microsoft had no immediate comment.

The websites spurring the most complaints logged by Google are: (nearly 390,000 links requested for removal) and (more than 147,000 links).

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