DMCA used to remove search engine results

, posted: 17-Aug-2010 15:51

Here's something at least I haven't come across before, namely Google removing results due to DMCA complaints. This seems to be a fairly new method to go after alleged intellectual property and copyright infringers.

Click on the links in the quoted text below to get the full details, but it's basically a certain fashion brand that has filed the DMCA complaint, saying the specified sites are "marketing and selling counterfeit" products. Based on that, the brand is asking Google to remove them from its index.

In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 1 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint that caused the removal(s) at

Deckers filed similar DMCA complaints in February this year: and Fox sent one in just a few days ago, on August 13, requesting that a large number of results pointing to "Vampires Suck" were to be removed.

I'm guessing the DMCAs filed with Google are due to some extent to rights holders not getting anywhere with ISPs in non-US countries. Removing sites from Google's index is probably an effective, but also a very blunt weapon.

The question here is of course how much legit and fair use info is being removed from search engines due to DMCA notices? 

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