Copyright Holders Still Sending DMCA Takedowns On Content That's Been Gone For Months

from the dmca-failures dept

We keep seeing various DMCA takedown failures, and the folks over at TorrentFreak have discovered another common error while going through Google's Copyright Transparency Report and found that big copyright holders are still filing DMCA takedown notices on content hosted on sites like Megaupload and BTJunkie, despite the former being shut down in January and the latter shutting itself down in February.

If you look, you can see a bunch of takedown requests for Megaupload links in the past month.
Some of these are by smaller players, whom you might expect to be confused, but there are some big guys as well. In the screenshot above you can see both BPI and the IFPI (on behalf of Sony Music). There are also DMCA requests from Universal Music, EMI, the Publishers Association and others. All for content that clearly doesn't exist and hasn't existed in months. Kinda makes you wonder if they even check this stuff. Considering that all of these copyright holders seem to think that Google and others can just magically "know" when there's infringing content around, it's pretty telling that even they don't seem to know how to tell if content exists, let alone if it's infringing.

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 7 Sep 2012 @ 6:03pm

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    Honestly they should be getting perjury charges for these clearly false claims.


    Do you think Wells Fargo bank will ever get burglary charges?

    Owners Lose Possessions After Home Near Twentynine Palms Is Mistakenly Foreclosed”, CBS Los Angeles, September 5, 2012:
    A crew broke into Alvin and Pat Tjosaas’ desert home and took everything after being directed by Wells Fargo to secure the structure.

    The couple, however, didn’t have a mortgage on the home.


    If banks are too big to get burglary charges, then why shouldn't record companies be too big to get perjury charges?

    Aren't records companies entitled to equal protection of the law—just like banks?

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