Bug causes takedown requests from IMDB-urls by enforcement company

Sep

3

2018

A company that maintains companies’ copyrights and detects infringements would send takedown requests from IMDB urls to Google for weeks. That may be due to a bug. Because the IMDB movie database is a whitelist, Google does not delete any entries.

The erroneous requests were noted by TorrentFreak , which writes that they are from the British company Entura International. This is commissioned by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Television, among others. The phenomenon described by TorrentFreak means that the company is requesting Google to remove certain search results. In addition, it often refers to the IMDB url of a film to indicate which title it is. In the case of faulty requests, however, that url is not mentioned under ‘original urls’, but under ‘allegedly infringing urls’, which actually asks the company to remove those IMDB URLs from original works.

On the Google website you can see that the company does indeed make many requests that are related to the popular movie database. There are also examples of the incorrect requests that TorrentFreak describes. The site assumes that there is a bug in the automated search for infringing material. However, Entura did not respond to requests from the site. The requests seem not to do any damage at the moment because Google does not honor the removal requests from IMDB URLs. The site is a whitelist at Google, according to TorrentFreak. However, such a mistake could have more consequences for a smaller or lesser known party.

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