Our site receives DMCA removal requests from Google and our pages being removed from Google. Our content is user generated (adult site). We want to remove the video but not the page itself (we can display related videos on the page) and we want to stay in Google's index.
I've seen similar pattern on some trusted porn sites like pornhub. See example: pornhub.com/view_video.php?viewkey=1633706543 (adult content warning)
All their removed pages are in index: https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=site%3Apornhub.com+%22Video+has+been+removed+at+the+request+of+the+copyright+owner.%22
Google is not removing their page from it's index, see this: https://transparencyreport.google.com/copyright/request/8215330
URLs requested to be delisted: 30 URLs not delisted: 30
When I tried to send a counter-notice, Google says:
Please note: If the content on the page was infringing at the time the original removal request arrived, your counter notice is not legally valid. Do not submit a counter notice if there was illegal content, even if it's now been removed.
How should we react on such removal requests to stay in index?