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HBO asked Google to take down links to VLC player

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Tue Jul 16 2013, 11:16
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TELEVISION MOVIE COMPANY HBO has asked internet search giant Google to take down links to the open source media player VLC.

Torrentfreak reported the takedown request. It said that HBO lodged the request along with others to suppress misappropriated episodes of Game of Thrones.

However, someone apparently made a mistake, as amid all the Game of Thrones takedown requests there is one that looks rather out of place, and as Torrentfreak noted, it is a link to the VLC player.

If you follow the link it will take you to a torrent website, but there is nothing illegal or copyright infringing about the resulting download. The VLC player is an open source media player that is free for anyone to use.

According to Torrentfreak that is not the only misfire on the HBO DCMA takedown request, and unless it is making adult movies and software apps, someone needs to take a red pen to the next list of takedown requests.

Google isn't commenting on this, but it does regularly publish a transparency report that provides a window on the desires of the copyright industry.

According to the transparency report HBO makes on average two URL takedown requests each week. By contrast the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) music copyright cartel, which leads the takedown request table, makes 30 requests a week.

Overall, the company that submits the most takedown requests to Google is a multimedia rights outfit called Degban.

The London based firm infamously danced with the comedian and writer Dave Gorman over a photo that he uploaded to Flickr.

The photo, a collection of graffiti from street artist Eine, was unceremoniously removed from and then apologetically replaced on Flickr. µ


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