by Mike Masnick
Mon, Dec 10th 2012 1:18pm
We've seen all kinds of DMCA abuse to take down content people didn't like, but this one might be the strangest. Thanks to an anonymous reader who sent over a post on Google+ by Jared Smith talking about a DMCA notice he received for a piece of comment spam. Yes, a piece of comment spam. His assumption is that the company stupidly hired someone to try to help them boost their Google rankings, and that company went about comment spamming, not realizing that would actually hurt their Google rankings. Then, in trying to clean up the mess, they realized they needed those comments (which were just a URL) to disappear. Enter the remote censors' favorite all-purpose tool: the DMCA notice. According to Smith, the notice claimed that it was over their "URL copyright" which, you know, isn't actually a thing. It sounds like he still took the comment down (and, as someone who deals with tons of comment spam, I can understand why), but is annoyed that someone is abusing the DMCA this way. Of course, this is a bogus takedown, but that's the nature of the DMCA takedown process these days...
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