Not to mention that there have been some issues with Sourceforge grabbing projects and replacing installers with crapware deluxe installers all while claiming its because no one responded to the notices they never actually sent.
How dare people get offended that they arbitrarily screwed up many peoples work over a single word without even a poorly worded threat letter first.
As there are other examples of this word on their site, one has to assume that some jackass took a dislike to the original coder or one of the fork coders and is currently nursing a chubby over having "won" against the transgressor.
GitHub played their role of being an enforcer to deal with a squeaky wheel, and harmed their reputation. They will refuse to walk back on this, otherwise the outrage from the other side will overwhelm them (ignoring that those bitching have no fing clue what GitHub does nor use it, they just piled on because a FB post told them to). Once people figure out the word appears in more places, they will have to purge all the naughty words, a list of which will grow in scope until no words are allowed. While it is their playpen, the lack of any warning beforehand or any consideration of exactly how far their hasty action would spread shows a policy that they never bothered with before and they don't know how to enforce the terms they got off of legalzoom.
Cutting off ones nose to spite ones face comes to mind.
I was discussing Evan Stone with the Good Uncle case, SJD points out the questionable actions on the Emule network where files could have multiple names.
Some tried to leverage the, well you tried to violate someones copyright so pay us because we showed up.
Emule was/is a terrifying place because of this, you could title a download "Snowden Leaks" and load up the archive with CP and he downloader wouldn't know until the file completed.
Currently one can click magnet links posted, that do not have to reveal the contents until the transfer has already begun, and given the "Germans" 1 second hits someone who was mislead about a torrent could click stop as soon as they saw it wasn't a PD download yet still have a single recorded hit. Have their life turned over because of the claims that everyone who uses BT is a pirate out to "steal" billions of dollars of content. There might even be some evidence left behind, but the defendant never tried to infringe and stopped it when they saw it, and yet they need to face the $150K firing line.
I think you are thinking of "The Good Uncle" and the case where there was confusion as some people were merely trying to DL the public domain film and ended up with some porn much to their shock and horror. Of course the lawyer pursuing that case was a bumbling fool who filed without having the copyrights, participated in the swarms of the gay porn he was demanding settlements for, and showed up at an adult industry convention in devil horns to play up how bad ass he was. Some guy with a Guy Fawkes avatar made his life unbearable & helped chase him out of porn... well that and the sanctions for him lying to a Judges face in court.
"it's fairly amazing that courts haven't been digging that deeply into Malibu Media's practices"
It is much more terrifying that the courts have never asked if the lawyers aren't misleading the court, even as evidence of their contempt for the courts piles up.
I have a rock, it keeps away tigers. One should demand that there be proof before we outfit everyone with tiger repelling rocks.
I have a black box, it tells me who infringes. As long as I don't have to explain how, without technobabble and experts who coded in java once, and deal with the inability to identify the actual infringer with this tech so we will then demand fishing trips into peoples lives to pressure them into settling... because we will violate any court order that demands we live up to innocent until proven guilty, because someones reputation is worth more than a couple thousand.
You understand that despite their protestations to the court and the media they target the people they swore they would never target. You understand that they target the name on the bill, without any evidence to support that claim. You understand when they get someone who is innocent who is fighting back they double down and threaten to run up the innocent mans costs defending against an action they know has no basis and is not brought in good faith. You understand that they publicly infer their targets enjoy CP and bestiality videos, to secure a speedy settlement. You understand they violate court orders and mislead the courts to hint at wrongdoing they can not prove even after their expert examined the evidence and came up empty as to evidence of being guilty so they throw more feces at the fan hoping some will stick and get them their settlement dollars.
Idiot seeks to upgrade his political position in the future, makes idiotic claims to grandstand in papers. Public laps it up, ooohing and ahhing at all the right spots. Does nothing to solve actual problems, furthers a rumor based conspiracy that drones are run by evil people trying to murder people. Some yahoo is going to pull a gun and shoot someone flying a drone and then claim they were protecting people. Don't think it will happen? Exhibit A - http://www.inquisitr.com/1289033/crazed-woman-attacks-man-flying-drone-at-beach/
She had to stand up and protect everyone from pervs with drones, and was willing to assault someone and lie to the cops.
Perhaps a motivated band of neer-do-wells should start burying all of the Congresscritters sites. They hate it when the laws for other people are applied to them, and perhaps first hand knowledge of how abused this is might motivate some changes.
I wonder what would happen if they forwarded the results of the failed requests to the copyright holder directly. Imagine the conversation where they ask why the hell are we paying you to demand the same pages be delisted, after you managed to get them delisted?
On the upside, this is more sunlight on the issue of bogus takedowns and it is nice to see a company doing something obvious to highlight the BS in the system. Explanations so simple even a Congresscritter can understand them. Getting them to fix it is a huge uphill battle but if you pile up enough evidence of a broken system perhaps that can trump the "contributions" and promises of future employment.
But but but copyrights are forever, corporations need to control them all!!! I hope the court crucifies them. The magically missed documents, the single blurred line that destroys their case... Yep totally innocent mistakes to protect an income stream.
The problem lies in the desire to grab headlines. See this force COULD have shown a lovely tale of how they took down a drug dealer and protected the community.
This is about trying to show the community how much the police care and the extreme lengths they will go to take down bad people keeping them safe. The community nods sagely knowing that this is just what they need to do to be safe, ignoring that they could be the next ones railroaded.
A child was harmed, and yet they still tried to spin that it was just because the bad people were bad. Turns out the bad people are those charged with protecting us, who can boldly lie and still be protected.
It is a shame we can't charge those who supported the lies as being accessories to the crime they tried to cover up.
Perhaps if they hadn't disrespected consumers from the get go perhaps then the 2 way street of respect might exist. Instead consumers get screwed and bled, and the labels wonder why people won't respect them demanding full control over products after they have sold them.