from the this-is-going-to-be-a-disaster dept
Reader David Sutherland emailed us this week about a DMCA notice that he received via his MediaFire account. The notice, which we’ve included below (including all of the crappy formatting) claimed that he was using MediaFire to host “one of the following files: Downton Abbey, CONTRABAND (2012), GRIMM (2011), House M.D., MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS, THE, The Office.” The “file” they claimed was one of those TV shows/movies was “Cantha Cartography Made Easy 2009.tpf” which is actually a game mod for Guild Wars. You might possibly be able to argue that ArenaNet, makers of Guild Wars could have a copyright claim (maybe, sorta), but that’s not who sent the notice and it’s not what they claimed it was. Sutherland notes that he set up this MediaFire account solely to host game mods and has never hosted any other content there.
So, who sent the DMCA takedown? Dtecnet. And, as you can see from the messy, messy DMCA notice below, they tried to takedown a huge list of files. If Sutherland’s experience is anything to go by, you have to wonder how many of them are actually infringing.
Of course, we’ve seen plenty of bogus DMCA takedowns. It happens all the time. But this one is doubly important, because it’s from DtecNet, a division of MarkMonitor. MarkMonitor/Dtecnet also just happen to be the company providing the key monitoring for the new “six strikes” Copyright Alert System (CAS). The Center for Copyright Information has a web page on its site about an “independent expert assessment” of MarkMonitor’s antipiracy methodologies. Except… that page is completely blank. Perhaps, if they’re looking to do an analysis, figuring out why they’re taking down content that has nothing to do with what they claim would be a good place to start.
Good thing the CAS works entirely based on accusations, without needing to show any proof at all, huh?