Revealed: How copyright law is being misused to remove material from the internet
The Guardian has details of a very clever misuse of the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act ). First, create a back-dated post using the same material that you want removed. Then file a DMCA with Google accusing, in this case, Mumsnet. And hey presto – a takedown notice is served on your target. Mumsnet couldn’t be bothered to fight the claim and so the victim – one of their (loyal?) users – was just hung out to dry.
- A shame Mumsnet couldn’t be bothered to defend the post.
- Google has the best spiders in the business; did they check their cache for the backdated post? That should be automatic.
- The DCMA is a US law yet Google saw no problem with applying it to Mumsnet and a UK builder. Something to remember when Google says they can’t apply local laws.