Dumb-arse legal enforcers working for Warner Bros ordered a takedown of studio’s own site on Google claiming it was a pirate site.
Vobile, a company that files hundreds of thousands of takedown requests every month asked the search giant to remove links to legitimate movie streaming websites run by Amazon and Sky, as well as the film database IMDB.
According to Torrent Freak Vobile had made some “glaring errors” including asking Google to remove links to the official websites for films such as Batman: The Dark Knight and The Matrix. Licensed online movie portals such as Amazon and Sky Cinema were also reported for copyright infringement.
Companies such as Vobile typically work on behalf of major film studios, reporting illegally uploaded copies of movies and television programmes.
Google’s transparency report says Vobile has submitted more than 13 million links for removal. Most of this is done automatically and the links are never checked. For some reason Vobile does not white-list obvious sites like warnerbros.com and amazon.com – but apparently.
Fortunately for Warner Brothers Google decided not to remove links to Amazon, IMDB and Sky Cinema from its results. It would have been amusing if it had done what it was told, or that Vobile threatens to sue over its actions.