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Bogus DMCA notices to Google

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Msg#: 4435201 posted 11:47 am on Mar 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

We posted a review some time back (around 2007) and have recently received a DMCA notice via Webmaster Tools. It appears to have been filed by a company which does mass-DMCA notices as a service for whichever company has hired them.

We have even been in contact with and in cooperation with the company who's product we reviewed! The page contains a couple of photos which we made of the product and links back to the home page of that company.

6 days ago, we filed a counter-notification and have not heard back since (expect for an acknowledgement email from Google that they have received our request).

Now, here's where it gets weird: On an SERP where our homepage was last night, it is no longer to be found but instead the typical "we have removed 1 result(s) from this page". The page that should be ranking has no relevance to the bogus complaint.

As I understand it, Google will relist the page 7 days after they have notified the original complaining party and if there is no legal action taken, they will relist the page(s).

Question: Is there anything we can do to prevent these bogus claims and do DMCA requests have an effect on the entire site?



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Msg#: 4435201 posted 1:44 pm on Apr 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

Update: I've been in contact with the company providing the service of automated takedown notices and they admitted that our page appeared on the list 'by mistake' because 'it's all automated'.

Uhm. So if this site was using this service and I were to mention the name "Webmaster World" on another forum , I imagine it would be censored?

Seems to be the size of it.

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