The movie studios send a lot of takedown notices to Google, demanding that the search engine remove links to sites and files they don't like. Google publishes all the notices they receive, and this has Fox and other studios upset. Now, they're sending takedown notices demanding removal of their takedown notices.

44 Responses to “Studios regret sending Google a list of every pirate site on the Internet for publication”

  1. kmoser says:

    Consider this my putup notice demanding Google put up their takedown notice.

  2. Clint Barker says:

    From the link: “Below is an example, with Fox stating that this DMCA takedown request is “infringing” itself.”

    Mind blown.

  3. Andrew Famiglietti says:

    The people responsible for sacking the people for putting up the take down notice have themselves been sacked

  4. Dlo Burns says:

    They never learn do they?

  5. sagodjur says:

    Entertainment Lobby Cosmology: “It’s infringement all the way down.”

  6. Sam Piip says:

    Didn’t it used to be that Chillingeffects censored/didn’t display the urls on the DMCA listings, and then changed it for some reason? I thought this would have happened days after that happened, not years later.

  7. spacedmonkey says:

    Next: A takedown notice for the takedown notice for the takedown notice.    I wonder if this recursive loop can freeze up their legal department. 

  8. Jonathan Roberts says:

    So Google refuses to take down the takedown notices it put up in response to Fox not putting up with infringement? I guess Fox is worried that people will take down any information that gets put up.

  9. dalewynn says:

    Love it.

  10. That_Anonymous_Coward says:

    Its not like pirated content was detected on HBO.com by Dtecnet (hey they run 6 Strikes) and they demanded those pages to be delisted.

    I think the bigger fear is with the data listed someone can start building lists of the screw ups and the totally bogus takedowns they keep sending out costing everyone else time and money while the idea of perjury has no teeth.

    • That_Anonymous_Coward says:

      Oh and IIRC wasn’t there a story recently about how there was a notice demanding delisting of pages that didn’t actually exist as they tried to get Google to remove a site from the index entirely?

    • Astraea_Muse says:

      Perjury requires knowing false statements, rather than mere idiocy.

      But certainly a catalog of the wrong take-down notices, especially ones that are targeted at content put up by the studio in the first place will be useful when the DMCA is revisited by Congress.  

      • That_Anonymous_Coward says:

        If they simply stripped the to the best of my knowledge ass covering and started fining them for each bad submission it would get better.

        I’m pretty sure claiming content on HBO.com is infringing on the rights of HBO is a false statement as well as being idiotic. The fact HBO stays with a company unable to avoid embarrassing themselves and their clients is so sad.

  11. Dan Morrison says:

    Litigation will eat itself.

    What I love about this is when I showed the summary to a collogue he thought it was an Onion headline.

    Some MPAA elves have searched and compiled a number of links on the internet where their content can be found for free download, then sent that handy list of links to the biggest broadcast publisher on the planet. No way anyone could have seen that being a bad idea.

    [insert animated recursive facepalm here]

  12. francoisroux says:

    I think they are simply concerned that their take down notices would get copied or pirated…idiots…lol

  13. peregrinus says:

    If they print it out and hold it up in between two mirrors they can have infinite recursion.  Like a Mile Long Bar.  Which is what lawyers would have to get through to sort it out.

  14. Ian Anthony says:

    Yo dog, I heard you like takedown notices . . .

  15. How long before they ask to take down this:
    6722B24294C1AC284A74AC9D31366C6A6E5A6613
    ?..

    UPDATE: now this IS META: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegal_prime#The_first_illegal_executable_prime_number

  16. gracchus says:

    A takedown notice for a takedown notice … delicious!

  17. howaboutthisdangit says:

    Well, hello Ms. Streisand!

  18. Damien says:

    Maybe — one day — the once-great studios will learn not to make these shitty (and frequently phoney) DMCA takedown demands. Until then, they’re just losing money and making themselves look stupid. What kinds of business-model survives by making fans (PAYING CUSTOMERS) out to be criminals?

    Also interesting that Google’s strategy here is been remarkably simple: openness.

  19. Shut up all you people yelling “shut up”!

    • Rob Wheeler says:

      The RIAA has the most urls specified, Microsoft has the most domains specified and representatives snitching.

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