Copyright Holders Asked Google to Remove 345 Million Links Last Year 

Copyright holders were not shy about asking Google to remove pirated content in 2014. Last year, there were over 345 million requests to take down infringing content, according to a Torrent Freak summary of Google's weekly transparency reports. That's a 75 percent increase from 2013. Google honored most of the… » 1/05/15 10:02am 1/05/15 10:02am

PopcornTime Defiantly Pops Back Up After Domain Gets Suspended

The most popular way of accessing the popular "Netflix for torrents" service PopcornTime abruptly went down last week when European regulators suspended the domain registration for In a message today, the anonymous devs behind the service say it's back—and won't be permanently shut down ever. » 10/13/14 7:46pm 10/13/14 7:46pm

WordPress Strikes Back Against DMCA Censorship Trolls

A few months ago, we told you the story of Oliver Hotham, a British journalist whose reporting on Straight Pride UK was silenced by a spurious DMCA takedown request from the hate group. Now the Hotham's web host, WordPress, has filed a complaint in court against Straight Pride. This may be the case that helps finally… » 11/21/13 3:12pm 11/21/13 3:12pm

The Most Convoluted DMCA Takedown Request of All Time

Anti-Gay group Straight Pride UK is abusing the DMCA takedown process to censor work by a journalist. No surprise there—the DMCA is twisted for all kinds of dumb purposes. The inexplicable part? The hate group filed a takedown on... its own press release. How dare you say that we said the words that we wrote in a… » 8/13/13 5:40pm 8/13/13 5:40pm

Everything Wrong with Digital Copyright (And How to Fix It)

Digital copyright is broken. We know this inherently, and wheeze exasperation whenever the latest nonsensical DRM news crops up. But fixing it's not as simple as tossing the whole system out the window. So here's a breakdown of every way digital copyright has gone wrong, and, with luck and persistence and prevailing… » 3/21/13 12:02pm 3/21/13 12:02pm

Flagellent HBO Tells Google To Remove Links To... HBO

It's no surprise when a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown request turns out to be terrible and absurd, but just in case anyone forgot how ridiculous these automatic notices can be, the DMCA has been kind enough to offer a little refresher in the form of HBO telling Google to remove links to... itself. » 2/04/13 4:20pm 2/04/13 4:20pm

Rogue DMCA Notice Stakes a Bizarre Claim on the Number 45

Bogus DMCA notices are unfortunately nothing new, but one recently issued to Google from Microsoft seems to go a bit further—and get a bit more absurd—than your average takedown request. This one hit sites like Wikipedia, the BBC, TechCrunch, and AMC Theaters, seemingly over the use of the number 45. » 10/07/12 2:00pm 10/07/12 2:00pm