Company Hired By Ecuador Uses Bogus Copyright Claims To Censor Website Of Ecuadorian Newspaper
from the copyright-as-censorship dept
At issue was an article about the diversion of funds from the government to the bank accounts of certain police officers. In other words, it was a story about possible corruption. One of the police officers, Santiago Mena Vallejo, was the person whom Ares Rights claimed to be representing in sending the takedown notice. Specifically, there was a photograph of a check to the officer. It is unclear, from La Republica's reporting who the DMCA notice was actually sent to, but it seems like yet another clear case of copyright (and the DMCA in particular) being used for out and out censorship.
In this case, as with previous Ares Rights moves, the actions are egregious on multiple levels:
- Using a bogus copyright claim to take down clear news reporting of corruption (stifling public discussion of tremendous importance).
- Making a copyright claim where the claimed copyright holder almost certainly has no such copyright.
- Filing a claim in the US against an Ecuadorian newspaper