Copyright

by Tim Cushing


Filed Under:
copyright, dmca, downloads, takedowns

Companies:
total wipes



Total Wipes Decides The Word 'Download' Means Infringement, Issues DMCA Takedown Loaded With Non-Infringing URLs

from the and-the-answer-is-'none.'-none-more-stupid. dept

Germany-based Total Wipes -- infringement cop to the stars (who don't care how idiotic their representation makes them appear) -- is still pursuing its unstated motto of "Quantität über Qualität." Why send targeted requests when you can just dump a bunch of unrelated URLs into a DMCA takedown request and let Google sort it all out?

TorrentFreak reports that Total Wipes is at it again, actively pursuing a lifetime achievement award in asinine takedown requests. It starts out by mistakenly effing with the EFF, generally not considered to be a good idea when you can't be bothered to uphold your end of the DMCA's sworn statement.
‘Protecting’ an album called “Cigarettes” on Mona Records, Total Wipes sent Google a notice containing not a single infringing link. Unbelievably one of the URLs targeted an article on how to use PGP on the Mac. It was published by none other than the EFF.
You'll notice that 'protecting' is surrounded by scare quotes, as should be anything Total Wipes "pursues" with its misfiring shotgun of a "business model." This particular takedown request appears to have achieved maximum stupidity with its 55 swings of the URL, none of which make contact. But it gets so much worse.
Going after alleged pirates of the album “In To The Wild – Vol.7″ on Aborigeno Music, Total Wipes offer their pièce de résistance, the veritable jewel in their crown. The notice, which covers 95 URLs, targets no music whatsoever. Instead it tries to ruin the Internet by targeting the download pages of some of the most famous online companies around.
We've seen various rights holders' self-appointed spokesmen attempt to portray the word "free" as synonymous with "infringement." Here, Total Wipes does the same, only with the word "download." Here are but a few of the 95 URLs "targeted" by Total Wipes' anti-piracy "software."
http://www.oovoo.com/download
http://www.icq.com/download/
https://access.redhat.com/downloads
http://nmap.org/download.html
http://www.foxitsoftware.com/downloads/
http://calibre-ebook.com/download
http://www.pdfforge.org/pdfcreator/download
http://www.getpaint.net/download.html
http://www.skype.com/en/download-skype/skype-for-computer/
https://java.com/download
http://www.openoffice.org/download/
http://www.gimp.org/downloads/
http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop
https://www.python.org/downloads/
http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/
http://notepad-plus-plus.org/download/
http://www.joomla.org/download.html
http://www.7-zip.org/download.html
http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/
http://unity3d.com/unity/download
http://httpd.apache.org/download.cgi
https://www.malwarebytes.org/mwb-download/
http://www.libreoffice.org/download
http://nodejs.org/download/
https://www.whatsapp.com/download/
https://evernote.com/download/
http://free.avg.com/free-antivirus-download
https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy.html.en
https://www.gnu.org/software/octave/download.html
http://www.dosbox.com/download.php?main=1
http://rubyinstaller.org/downloads/
https://www.gnupg.org/download/
https://filezilla-project.org/download.php?type=client
https://www.dropbox.com/downloading
http://www.rarlab.com/download.htm
http://www.opera.com/download
A look at Total Wipes' "profile" at Google's Transparency Report shows the company has an appalling hit rate. It may actually have paying clients, but they're barely being served. If Google wasn't compelled to treat every incoming request as legitimate, in order to avoid further condemnation and/or potential Congressional action, it would have booted this farcical "music group" long ago.

Pretty much everything Total Wipes says about its anti-piracy "service" is either laughable or provably false.
Our carefully own created script uses the info you provide to deeply scan a vast range of IP networks, search engines, social sites, and other infringing locations for illegal instances of your content. Following a large group of data, our internal spider's scripts identify all links as valid or not, beginning the removal process. A consistently action of removing illegal instances of your content from all platforms drives higher sales.
If you manage to work your way past the broken, secondhand English, you're left with things like these:
"carefully… created script"
Really?
"internal spider's scripts identify all links as valid or not"
Well, obviously not. Unless "valid" simply means "live," rather than "infringing."
"removing illegal instances of your content… drives higher sales"
If someone could just introduce a little bit of evidence to back up this frequent assertion, that would be great. Providing legal alternatives that are reasonably priced and easy to use drives sales better than stumbling around the internet on your "own created spider," asking Google to remove multiple instances of non-infringement. Artists who have willingly associated with Total Wipes' inadvertent argument for harsher bogus takedown sanctions aren't doing themselves any favors. In their names, Total Wipes is repeatedly driving its anti-piracy clown car up to Google's door and unloading takedown after takedown loaded with more misses than hits.

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