Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Copyright Craziness

Warner Bros. is accusing itself of pirating its own copyrights.  If this doesn't prove that modern copyright enforcement is hopelessly broken, I don't know what does.

Warner Bros hired Vobile to search the web for sites that violate Warner copyrights and to send notices to Google to prevent the sites from being listed in searches.  The only problem is that Vobile listed the following sites as pirates:

I hope that Vobile will become even more aggressive, listing every Warner site so that eventually Warner Bros. is completely invisible to search engines.  At that point, maybe somebody will realize that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and its take down notices are not workable and that some sort of reasonable balance between copyright owners and the public has to be established.


Christopher Sobieniak said...

It'll be sad to see the "Space Jam" site go under thanks to this!

It's a real wonder this is STILL up at all!

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile piracy sites just need to be set up in Iceland and the studios can't touch them.

Mesterius said...

Jeez, Chris, what a pessimistic outlook. :/ May the Space Jam site stay up forever!

Christopher Sobieniak said...

Aha! I just like bringing that up since it's been there for 20 years already!