From Torrent Freak:
In an effort to combat piracy, copyright holders report millions of infringing links to Google on a daily basis.
Due to the high number of often automated notices and the fact that copyright holders don’t always check the validity of all requests, mistakes are a common occurrence.
An occasional mishap is understandable, of course, but this week we stumbled upon one of the worst series of takedown notices we have ever seen.
Over the course of a few days reporting organization Copyright UNIVERSAL asked Google to remove thousands of links from its search engine. In their listing we do indeed see some infringing URLs, but it’s the legal content that really stands out.
In fact, it is safe to say that no website is safe for the overzealous anti-piracy group.
Over the past week Copyright UNIVERSAL has asked Google to remove 4,224 URLs including various high profile sites. While we don’t have room to highlight all ‘mistakes,’ we’ve made a selection of some of the most outrageous errors.
Let’s start off with the MPAA, a fellow anti-piracy group which has called on Google to make sure that reported URLs remain offline. According to a recent notice from Copyright UNIVERSAL, their ratings page is clearly infringing.
The same is true for legal offerings from movie stores and streaming services, including Netflix, Amazon and Apple’s iTunes.
According to the notices, Google’s very own Play store is also copyright infringing.
In fact, even Hulu’s original series are not…