Fox Uses Bogus DMCA Claims To Censor Cory Doctorow's Book About Censorship
from the but-of-course dept
Torrentfreak has discovered that News Corp’s Fox studios has been sending DMCA notices taking down Cory Doctorow’s latest book, Homeland, which is available under a Creative Commons (Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivs) license, and can be freely shared. The issue? Fox is trying to take down unauthorized copies of its TV show that goes by the same name. And, in its rush to take down anything and everything that might possibly be its TV show, Doctorow’s authorized novel is collateral damage. The really crazy thing is that it should be obvious to any human looking over these takedowns that it’s not the TV show, as all of the links tend to have Doctorow’s name in them:
When TorrentFreak asked Doctorow for comment, he joked, “I think you can safely say I’m incandescent with rage. BRING ME THE SEVERED HEAD OF RUPERT MURDOCH!” But, perhaps there’s a more serious response. In response to Doctorow tweeting about this last week, Paul Levy from Public Citizen — famous for defending people on the internet (including, at times, us) from bad things — responded by asking Doctorow if he wanted to litigate.
@doctorow want to litigate?
— Paul Alan Levy (@paulalanlevy) April 19, 2013