Is this where the war of loopholes ends up? And if so, when do DMCA-abiding companies like Google simply get overloaded, unable to properly comply?
Well, after opening its books on takedown requests on infringing search results in May, Google has unexpectedly opened the floodgates on takedown notices. Or, maybe this breakneck increase was already happening. Either way, Google is now handling nearly triple the volume of takedown requests - since May.
It's hard to appreciate exactly how much stuff is getting removed. But the amount of wasted resources is staggering, especially since most of this content is instantly repopulated again, ripped down again, uploaded again, etc.
But this is getting infinitely more complex for everyone involved. Because not only is Google pulling its hair out dealing with all of these takedowns, it turns out the removed urls are still searchable. According to some very telling details published by Torrentfreak, Google is actually indexing its own takedown requests on ChillingEffects.org as part of its freshly-transparent compliance strategy. All of which means that anyone can still access the yanked-down search result, simply by searching the published takedown file on Google itself.
The result is something incredibly dysfunctional: the takedown request of the takedown request. "Since all the takedown requests are published online, the URLs in question can still be found through Google," Torrentfreak explains.
Written while listening to araabMUZIK.
Casey Wednesday, July 18, 2012
I couldn't help but notice that the takedown requests being made some times include legal sites as well. Including licensed music retailers such as Rhapsody, Spotify, and even Apple. All that does is waste resources. The current system is not working. Unfortunately there does not appear to be any reasonable alternatives at this time.
old news Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Google doesn't like receiving DMCA notices. That's why they try to mock artists by uploading the notices on Chilling Effects.
When you send a DMCA notice to Google, don't forget to send it to the hosting company, as well.
Central Scrutinizer Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Ay least the whack-a-mole game at the arcade spits out a few tickets that you can exchange for a cheap plastic toy.
Myles na Gopaleen Wednesday, July 18, 2012
What has google learned from this?
Never mention takedown notice statistics ever again.
Visitor Thursday, July 19, 2012
yes, because the last we we want on the internet is transparencey.[facepalm]
@patrickdehan Thursday, July 19, 2012
This makes me cringe.
SamR @ Projekt.com Thursday, July 19, 2012
I cannot believe how long it takes to file one of these DMCA takedown requests, via Google's annoying form. They are trying to make it as hard as possible. I'd need a full-time intern to take down the number of illegal pages that pop-up each day. Way to make it hard on the artist, google. But we know how unethical you are, already. Just more proof!
Augure Sunday, July 22, 2012
Fuck you and your crap music, I hope you will bankrupt
@musictechpolicy Thursday, July 19, 2012
The reason for Chilling Effects becomes clear: Google indexing takedown requests so pirates stay up and ad dollars roll in.
Casey Saturday, July 21, 2012
They are just being transparent. The same thing artists want from Spotify. Why is it transparency is only good when it benefits the artist?
@lukeybwoy Friday, July 20, 2012
The war of attrition gears up.
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