from the this-is-not-the-way dept
It is no secret that TorrentFreak, a mainstay information web site overlaying copyright and filesharing points, will get greater than its justifiable share of errant DMCA takedowns and different wayward scrutiny. That is virtually definitely a perform of the positioning’s chosen identify, although the sheer quantity of mistaken focusing on of the positioning additionally serves as a helpful beacon for simply how unhealthy policing copyright has develop into. If you cannot get previous a information web site having the phrase “torrent” in its identify, then we must always most likely all admit we’re working at a really foolish degree of IP enforcement.
And but it retains taking place. Most lately, TorrentFreak reported on a request made to Google to delist a submit the positioning did on how fashionable The Mandalorian was with pirates.
Each week we see apparent errors, the place websites akin to IMDb, Wikipedia, Justice.gov, and NASA are focused. By now we ignore most of those errors however in some situations, we take them personally. That’s additionally the case for a DMCA takedown request Google acquired just a few days in the past. This discover claims to establish a number of problematic URLs that allegedly infringe the copyrights of Disney’s hit collection The Mandalorian.
This isn’t surprising, as The Mandalorian was essentially the most pirated TV present of final yr, as we reported in late December. Nonetheless, we didn’t anticipate to see our article as one of many focused hyperlinks within the discover. Apparently, the information that The Mandalorian is extensively pirated – which was repeated by dozens of different publications – is seen as copyright infringement? For sure, we wholeheartedly disagree. This isn’t the way in which.
A few issues we must always completely level out. First, on the time of this submit being written, Google has not delisted the submit from search outcomes. Additionally, and this genuinely stunned me, Disney was not the the social gathering requesting the submit be delisted, regardless of the present being a flagship on Disney+. As a substitute, the requesting entity is one thing referred to as GFM Movie. TorrentFreak was unable to pin down exactly who that firm is or the place it is from, as there appears to be like to be a number of potential candidates discovered by way of internet search.
All of which is simply actually attention-grabbing when it comes to discovering out who’s answerable for this screw up. As a result of, once more, TorrentFreak is a information web site that doesn’t host a single little bit of infringing digital materials. The policing of copyright is filled with this type of collateral harm and that does not appear to be an issue anybody severely needs to deal with.
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