Google DMCA takedown liesHow much more of Googlenocchio can filmmakers take?

Google publicly brags about its commitment to make copyright work better online” but the in reality it’s just a big, fat LIE.

I must say it was pretty ironic when, in the midst of working on this post, Ironically, I received this email from an indie film director asking my advice about dealing with Google:

Ellen, I have a quick question. I am having problems submitting DMCA notices to Google on some of the links, where I have submitted them before and  Google hasn’t taken them down.   [emphasis added]

When I try and re-submit–this can be weeks months later–it won’t allow me to submit the form, saying, the link has been submitted before. Do you have this problem, not sure if I am doing something wrong, or is there nothing I can do !


Sound familiar?  I’m sure it does to the many indie filmmakers who, like myself and my colleague above, are routinely at the mercy of Google’s not-so-transparent, lame DMCA takedown procedure when we find stolen copies of our work online.

To dramatize just how flagrant Google’s DMCA foot dragging is I created a clock to track the company’s (lack of) action when it comes to efficient removal of pirated content from Blogger-hosted pirate sites.  The clock below began started clicking on April 24th when 2 links were reported for copyright infringement.  As of today, June 17th, nearly 2 months later, both pirated movies remain online as does the pirate Blogger-hosted website (see graphic below)

UPDATE: The site was removed July 10th, 2014, nearly 3 months after the first DMCA takedown notices was sent to Google.

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Blogger hosted pirate movies

Pirate Blogger website remains online

Remember, this is just ONE example of Google’s slow as molasses (or non-existent?) takedown work-flow. Remember this promise?

1.)  Streamlined submission tools for rightsholders. 

Working alongside industry representatives, we’ve built a better submission and handling system for our high-volume DMCA takedown submitters that simplifies the reporting process and reduces our average response time to less than 24 hours. [emphasis added]


When it comes to Google, broken promises are merely its modus operandi.   When Google flacks claim the company cares about copyright infringement, it’s just a lie.