BBC Reportedly Sent DMCA Notices to Google For Removal of Top Gear’s IMDB Page
This week alone has seen BBC Worldwide send tens of thousands of take-down requests to Google. While the effort to limit piracy of its contents is certainly commendable, several of those DMCA requests seem to be for legitimate content.
According to a recent report, amongst the thousands of requests sent to Google this week, the company is also targeting the IMDB pages of several of its shows. This not only includes Top Gear and The Game, but also some of its homepages on Dailymotion.
BBC Worldwide is said to have reported a record number of more than 25,000 webpages this week. These are mostly generated automatically, and due to the high number it’s seldom that copyright holders go through the links to ascertain their accuracy.
TorrentFreak did went through some of them though. According to the publication, it noticed BBC Worldwide to be going after white links for several of its shows. Taking down its IMDB links would only hurt BBC in the end. The website is one of the prime sources for movie and TV fans to get firsthand information. Similarly, red flags for Dailymotion also looked unnecessary.
Google receives millions of take-down requests every month, of which more than a million are removed each day on average. While it does have an ever improving system, we have seen it in the past removing legitimate content.
As the number of DMCA requests rise, this problem is only going to increase. Even Google can’t possibly verify every DMCA claim. At the moment though, it has white-listed several domains for BBC, including IMDB and Dailymotion.