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Movie Studios Ask Google To Censor Their Own Films, Facebook Pages, And Wikipedia

Movie Studios Ask Google To Censor Their Own Films, Facebook Pages, And Wikipedia

by Brad MerrillDecember 3, 2012

Ever since Google announced that it would publish the DMCA requests it receives as part of their effort to remain transparent, the number of notices being sent have skyrocketed.

The majority of the requests are legitimate, but there are also occasional mistakes, often caused by automated filers. This is understandable to some degree, but whoever is responsible for the cases seen here should be fired.

In early November, a few dozen DMCA notices were sent on behalf of several major movie studios. This is nothing surprising by itself, but the notices asked Google to take down legitimate copies of their own films, official Facebook pages, and Wikipedia entries.


A DMCA notice was sent to Google on behalf of Lionsgate asking the search engine to remove links to infringing copies of the movie “Cabin in the Woods.” This notice only contains two dozen URLs, but still manages to include perfectly legal copies of the film on Amazon, iTunes, Blockbuster, and Xfinity.

20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox sent a DMCA notice to protect the movie Prometheus,” but also took down a link to a legal copy on Verizon On Demand, the collection of the Prometheus Watch Company, and a HuffPo article.

There was also a DMCA takedown request for the Wikipedia article on Family Guy.

Crazier yet is a request sent on behalf of 20th Century Fox to protect “How I Met Your Mother.” It cites a CBS URL as the official source of the copyrighted material, and the same URL later appears as an “infringing link.”

BBC Films

BBC Films also targets their own film. In this case it was “Ill Manors.” This notice also asks Google to take down several reviews published by The Guardian, The Independent, The Mirror, and the Daily Mail.

Worse yet, the takedown request lists the film’s official Facebook page.

This list is just a small selection of obvious mistakes in DMCA notices. Luckily Google appears to have left most of the reported links intact, minimizing the damage.

About The Author
Brad Merrill
Brad Merrill is the founder and former editor of VentureBreak.