Lots of people have been talking the past few days about TorrentFreak’s discovery of the fact that Warner Bros., via its hired DMCA agent Vobile, has been issuing DMCA takedowns on its own website. Specifically, in recent notices to Google from Vobile, on behalf of Warner Bros., the infringing domains include WB’s own official websites for movies like “Batman, the Dark Knight” and “The Matrix.”
It’s easy to look at this and laugh. And the story’s been getting lots of attention thanks to places like the BBC picking up on it as well. And thus, jokes like this one are an easy target.
And, yes, this is hardly the first time that companies have been caught targeting themselves. After all, Viacom famously sued YouTube over Viacom’s own promotional clips that it had uploaded to the site. And, the recording industry is famous for taking down the official videos of its artists.
- Warner Bros. Flags Its Own Website as a Piracy Portal
- Among The Clips That Viacom Sued Google Over, About 100 Were Uploaded By Viacom Itself
- Universal Music Takes Down 50 Cent’s Official YouTube Video
- The Rebranding Of SOPA: Now Called ‘Notice And Staydown’
- Fox Uses Bogus DMCA Claims To Censor Cory Doctorow’s Book About Censorship