Google looks the other way as piracy repeat offenders continue to flourish on Google Drive
I wrote a piece last May about Google’s failure to punish “repeat offenders” on its Google Drive platform so I thought I’d give you another update. Despite having sent DMCA notices for 64 pirated titles (and having them all approved for takedown) the Google Drive account remains active and online, illegally sharing hundreds of pirated films. Note that I sent the DMCA takedown requests over several weeks to repeatedly report the same account holder.
On paper, Google claims to punish repeat offenders. This from Google’s own Abuse program policies and enforcement document:
Respect copyright laws. Do not share copyrighted content without authorization or provide links to sites where your readers can obtain unauthorized downloads of copyrighted content. It is our policy to respond to clear notices of alleged copyright infringement. Repeated infringement of intellectual property rights, including copyright, will result in account termination. [emphasis added] If you see a violation of Google’s copyright policies, report copyright infringement.
Yet in reality, the company does nothing. And, to make matters worse, while Google refuses to enforce its own policy, the account holder basically says F-you and replaces 57 of those pirated movies that were removed with new links to download via Google Drive and offline sites (mostly Openload.co).Read More