|Harvard's educational sharing tool H2O is used by scammers to promote pirated films, with thousands of links having appeared on the website. Of course, copyright holders respond with various takedown notices targeting the pages.
H2O is intended to allow professors and students to share learning material in a time where textbook and other educational costs continue to grow, by helping develop, remix, and share online textbooks and casebooks under a Creative Commons license. The platform is mainly geared towards law professors, but it can be joined by anyone with an .edu email address.
The platform is being actively used by many renowned scholars, but recently was also discovered by scammers, who filled it up with numerous links to pirated content. As a result, their H2O playlists advertise pirated movies instead of course instructions and other educational content. The scammers operate from various user accounts and use traditional spam bots, working on putlocker, megashare, viooz, torrent and YIFY.
The main problem is that the links provided do not lead to pirate sites, but rather point to scammy portals instead. Most of those ask for a credit card to signup – a well-known scam, which combines links from the official Harvard domain name and the pages doing very well in Google’s search results.
As a result, numerous movie studios including Sony Pictures, Columbia, Lionsgate and Magnolia Pictures have sent Google takedown notices trying to get the pages removed from its search results. By the way, Google has thus far chosen to take no action and left the pages indexed. It is unknown whether the copyright holders have sent DMCA notices to Harvard directly.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016
|posted by (2016-08-24 05:11:47)|
|I get about 10,000 pings a day, etc, from whatever the "UK Government department of work and pensions"(maybe GCHQ?) is. Maybe they have a similar tool...||
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