REGULAR COPYRIGHT PROTECTOR Warner Bros has made a bit of a booboo and issued a takedown notice against its own home page.
This is probably ironic and appeals to our sense of schadenfreude. Warner Bros has, in all its wisdom, asked Google to take down links to its home page because it is some sort of piracy facilitator.
Warner Bros is not, at least intentionally, infringing copyright, we assume, but at times it may produce compelling content with some pirate appeal. The company is certainly very active in its own defence and perhaps, as we see today, rather overzealous.
It was TorrentFreak that spotted the takedown demands in the Google catalogue of such things. The report suggested that Warner Bros went into some kind of takedown request frenzy and issued demands to Google that stepped all over access to some of its own promotional pages.
Warner Bros demanded that links to the film The Dark Knight from 2008 should be deleted, including links on Amazon which seems counterproductive.
Links to The Matrix were also demanded to be sent to the recycling trash can of internet history, as were Internet Movie Database pages for popular titles.
Warner Bros has not commented on this yet, and we suspect that it is an opportunity the firm will decline. Much like we have some of its films.
Google, it seems, was a bit more on top of this. The firm is often called a piracy facilitator (not by us) but noticed that some of the Warner Bros requests were dumb and stepped in to save the company's blushes.
"Luckily for the Hollywood studio, Google is there to save the day. The search engine spotted the mistakes and decided to take no action for the Amazon, Sky and IMDb links," reported TorrentFreak. µ
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