MegaUpload Defunct for 4 Years but Still Receives Takedown NoticesAdded: Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2016
It’s been more than 4 years after the U.S. Government targeted MegaUpload, but some copyright owners for some reason still think that the cyberlocker continues to host infringing content. Indeed, the anti-piracy firms’ automated bots continue to send Google numerous DMCA notices for MegaUpload URLs – in fact, the search giant currently receives more notices than when MegaUpload was online.
For some reason, copyright owners still keep MegaUpload’s spirit alive, sending out takedown requests targeting Kim Dotcom’s infamous service. For example, Paramount Pictures asked Google to remove a MegaUpload URL, claiming that it hosted a copy of the movie that was released last year. Of course, such notice was impossible, because the film didn’t even exist when MegaUpload was shut down forever, but the movie studio’s anti-piracy partner thinks otherwise. Moreover, it turned out that the same request filed on behalf of Paramount Pictures also listed a Hotfile URL, another website that has been offline for years. Finally, several of the other links pointed to unrelated content like Nokia firmware and a porn video.
HBO also sent takedown requests targeting MegaUpload, asking Google to remove a MegaUpload URL allegedly hosting a nude scene from Marisa Vitali in Bored To Death. Although this video did indeed exist 5 years ago, the URL in question hasn’t been active since the MegaUpload raid, nor did Google index it recently.
The most interesting fact is that Google is no longer indexing any MegaUpload URLs, which means that the copyright owners are asking the search engine to remove links that were not even in its index in the first place.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
|Interesting, makes you think what these APPs are doing... Of course, all the anti-piracy bounty hunters are all legal and above reproach right?...This article is raising some red flags for sure.|
|posted by (2016-04-21 07:07:21)|
|They should start PENALIZING false DMCA notices as a deterrent. Imagine how fast they'd stop the practice if it started to cost them $100 per false request ... and Google also suddenly has a new profit center. Considering that for every false report WE get to hear about, there's obviously hundreds, or thousands, we DON'T hear about. They cost Google time, effort, and money to check, so why not put the costs back onto the requesters?|
|posted by (2016-04-26 00:07:40)|
|love all your comments (Selsley, Crash1 & TsukasaHiiragi)|
$10k for false DMCA requests would probably be more effective.
All that false request money goes to Charities for underprivileged kids for health and education in the countries they were submitted. That'd be cool.
Google could simply put an auto reply on each request with an encrypted web page they have to visit to get a reference number for the complaint and the page requires an email input (new email needed each time to kae it annoying) and they have to return with the reference number and encryption code to enter it twice with a "must" create a password to enter twice as well, so they can "register the DMCA properly" with unique description of the content typed (copy paste prevented) or they're unable to proceed with the request. All very reasonable to deter using BOTS and causing work that wastes time and manpower on duff requests......, make the fxxxers work for it lol.
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