Adobe Asked Google To Censor Techdirt's Story On How Adobe's DRM Got Cracked
from the oh-really-now? dept
And apparently Adobe/MarkMonitor would like it to disappear from the web. With copyright. Here's the actual DMCA notice filed by MarkMonitor on behalf of Adobe:
So, yes, any "censorship" that came out of this would likely have been accidental, but just because censorship is accidental, it doesn't mean that it's inconsequential. The fact that companies that hire MarkMonitor have been rushing around demanding more automated takedown systems, and ridiculous notions like "notice and staydown" that would have created even more harm should be a warning as to why those ideas are a dangerous path.
Oh, and coincidentally, just as this was happening, MarkMonitor had a PR person reach out to see if an exec could speak to me on an unrelated (and uninteresting) story. I've asked them for a comment on their use of copyright to try to censor one of our stories instead. If I hear back, I'll add an update here... Update: And... here's the response from MarkMonitor:
We would like to assure you that MarkMonitor in no way condones censorship, nor does it intentionally take any action that would result in same. Our actions focus on enforcing brand infringements on behalf of our clients and acting in their best interests. In this case, the site in question came into our result set erroneously but the process we have with the search engines ensured that it was not taken down and is still live now.I like how they claim that it's MarkMonitor's process that stopped the site from being blocked, rather than Google staffers looking over MarkMonitor's bogus takedown notice and saying "nah."