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Microsoft DMCA Notice ‘Mistakenly’ Targets BBC, Techcrunch, Wikipedia and U.S. Govt

Microsoft asks BBC to censor Google, Wikipedia, the U.S. government  and more

A robot doing automatic notifications mistakenly reported to sites that were blocked temporarily by the search engine in the U.S.

In the U.S., the companies that own copyright are entitled to send a notification to sites like Google or YouTube to block content that is allegedly infringing. These notifications are indicated in the Digital Millennium Act (DMCA), implemented since 1998 in that country.

In recent years the requirements for remove content has greatly increased thanks to the development of robots that scan sites and make reports automatically when they find something that is supposed to be copyright infringers. However, the bots do not always know what they do and, in a recent order for Microsoft, the company sought to block the BBC, CNN, the Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Wikipedia, Rotten Tomatoes, the U.S. government and elsewhere.

The company claimed that it was distributing an unauthorized manner the beta of Windows 8, listing 65 sites, most of which had nothing to do with the operating system. It is unclear why these pages are grouped, but TorrentFreak believe, looking at the documents, that is because it referred to the number “45″.

Not the first time something like this happens – in fact even sent to censor its own search engine, Bing, Google results -. To combat this, the Mountain View company has a list of sites that will not be censored despite the notifications, like the BBC or Wikipedia. However, AMC theaters or site RealClearPolitics U.S. were not so lucky and temporarily disappeared from the search results.

The number of notifications likely to increase, given the growing discussions on intellectual property on the Internet, and will need to find a solution that will make them more accurate notifications and not notified to block anyone, without any consequences for accusing a innocent.

Link: Microsoft DMCA Notice ‘Mistakenly’ Targets BBC, Techcrunch, Wikipedia and U.S. Govt (TorrentFreak)

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