diberry - 4:02 pm on Nov 9, 2012 (gmt 0)
Google auto-publishes DCMAs on Chilling Effects. I didn't realize the first time I issued one that it would put up my first and last name, which I didn't care to have published.
So I wrote Chilling Effects in distress, and they were very nice. They changed it to my site name, and said in the future, you just need to fill in the "company" field (I'm a sole proprietor, so I had left it blank) with MyDomainName or something, and THAT is what would show on the form. So now all my Chilling Effects DCMAs have just my domain name.
The problem is, they don't explain this to you clearly up front. It doesn't sound like Twitter is making it anymore transparent, either. A DCMA is legal, so it makes sense you have to provide your name confidentially in case the people you've accused want to sue you. But it is absolutely NOT necessary for your name to be published before the entire world.
So where I blame Google and Twitter is in not making this more transparent. It DOES feel like they want individuals to be discouraged from filing... or else it never occurred to them an individual would want to protect copyright? Surely they're not that far out of touch with reality.