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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    Anonymous Coward, 8 Sep 2012 @ 7:50pm


    "It is possible that the cartel membership is starting to understand that their insane fight against "piracy" is costing them way more than "piracy"."

    That's one of those "cause and effect" things that isn't supported by the evidence.

    The real evidence is that (a) there are fewer large record labels, and (b) their income is off a staggering amount. It's not unusual to think that they would reduce fees paid to associatiosn.

    The rest of the post therefore is supposition not supported by basic facts, just wishful thinking.

    Also, remember this: At the point they no longer care about piract, it's the point where they are no longer in business - and the content rights itself gets handed over to some "copyright troll" who will chase you to the end of the earth for infringing. Careful what you wish for, you might just get it.

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