Hollywood Studios Send DMCA Takedowns Over Kim Dotcom's Mega Service
from the they-really-don't-like-that-guy dept
Kim Dotcom launched his “Mega” service to great fanfare a few months back. Since then it hasn’t really gotten much press coverage, but it appears that the Hollywood studios are looking to change that, sending DMCA takedown notices to Google to remove the Mega.com front page. You could understand it if it was a particular link to an infringing file (and, Mega itself claims to be completely complaint with any such DMCA notices). But, in this case, we have NBC Universal — already known for being a bit overaggressive with these sorts of things — sending a takedown notice that includes the very front page of Mega.co.nz, despite the fact that the front page has no links at all. They’re claiming that the front page contains its film Mama. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. is claiming in a DMCA takedown that Mega.co.nz should be removed because it has its movie Gangster Squad.
Normally, we give the studios the benefit of the doubt, and we chalk these sorts of things up to over aggressive automated takedowns , but at this point you have to wonder if the studios aren’t just attacking Mega because they can. They absolutely hate Dotcom with a passion well beyond any reason, and now that Google has told them it will hurt the search rankings of sites that receive too many DMCA notices, they have a direct incentive to look to weaken Mega, as it’s something they’re fearful of, in part because they don’t understand it. Once again, though, we see that the major Hollywood studios completely abusing the DMCA takedown process. Is it any wonder they’re so adamant that they shouldn’t get in any trouble for filing bogus DMCA takedown notices?