|Some companies were caught “making up” links that have never even existed in their takedown notices – perhaps in order to boost their own numbers.
Since anti-piracy outfits deal with massive volume of automated requests, they sometimes make errors, and this is quite understandable. Some of such errors are more serious than others, but sometimes reporting organizations don’t even try to be correct. To be more precise, some of them are deliberately and automatically fabricating links to broaden their scope.
Recently, defunct torrent cache services received takedown notices for files that never existed. This was also initially regarded as a mistake. However, it now seems that the problem is much broader than first thought, because more and more torrent proxy and clone websites, even dead ones, now receive similar treatment.
For example, NBC Universal was caught fabricating links in takedown requests for Torrentz2.eu, a clone of the original but now defunct Torrentz.eu. It turned out that NBC simply did a search and replaced the old domain with a new one, without checking if the URLs exist, effectively fabricating the links.
Such practice is quite common for clones and proxy websites – while most of such links led to actual content, takedown notices were sent long after a site has gone offline, targeting content that didn’t exist when the site was still up.
One may wonder why are these fabricated notices being sent? Either due to laziness or in order to boost the anti-piracy groups’ numbers. Indeed, many of them get paid based on the volume of notices they send out. Anyway, fabricated links are just another example of the carelessness of some copyright owners and reporting organizations.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
|Companies probably issue these 'fake' take down notices in full knowledge of the fact that they can never be complied with, therefore bolstering their own non compliance statistics in order to, a) make us Pirates look bad & non compliant, b) make anti-piracy companies look busier than they actually are, & c) there are just some nasty, vindictive people out there.|
|Anything to boost the numbers so they can justify the harshness of the punishment. And round and round we go...|
Good to see your Tag TimeBandits its been awhile
|posted by (2016-09-22 11:27:59)|
|@Timebandits ... "Companies probably issue these 'fake' take down notices in full knowledge of the fact that they can never be complied with" ... SLIGHT PROBLEM with that thought ... The receiving company can point out that they HAVE COMPLIED, as the torrent link no longer exists. The Anti-Piracy company would then have to show that the link was STILL THERE to get a non-compliance.|
ANOTHER thing to think about ... deliberately faking numbers to get a higher payout is classified as financial FRAUD/Embezzling, and is illegal in pretty much every country on earth.
|liar liar pants on fire !!||
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