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New Microsoft sends flood of bogus DMCA takedowns
Over the last year Microsoft asked Google to censor nearly 5 million webpages because they allegedly link to copyright infringing content. While these automated requests are often legitimate, mistakes happen more often than one might expect. In a recent DMCA notice Microsoft asked Google to censor BBC, CNN, HuffPo, TechCrunch, Wikipedia and many more sites.
Not surprisingly, Microsoft was sweeping the internet looking for signs of Windows 8 Beta files. The problem is, what they seem to be doing is making bogus broad searches, taking all of the URLs that turn up and shipping them off to Google as part of a DMCA take down notice. These URLs are so bogus that it was probably an automated process with no human intervention at all.

New Question
DMCA imposes a burden on site hosts to respond to takedown requests. Is there any reciprocal burden on submitters of takedown requests to ensure those requests are accurate? Would that be needed for this to violate SLAPP laws?

New Not in a way that matters
My understanding is that the DMCA does have restrictions against abuse, but they are written in such a way that they don't apply to this problem. The model of the DMCA is to let the copyright holders issue complaints quickly and easily and let those targeted by the complaints respond if they want. You can get in trouble very easily for issuing a take down when you don't represent the copyright holder or give the wrong information on what to take down. But to get somebody for targeting something that isn't infringing, you have to prove they knew the material was not infringing when they issued the take down. The copyright holder gets all of the benefit of the doubt.

     Microsoft sends flood of bogus DMCA takedowns - (jay) - (2)
         Question - (drook) - (1)
             Not in a way that matters - (jay)

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