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MegaUpload Defunct for 4 Years but Still Receives Takedown Notices

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It’s been more than 4 years after the U.S. Government targeted MegaUpload, but some copyright owners for some reason still think that the cyberlocker continues to host infringing content. Indeed, the anti-piracy firms’ automated bots continue to send Google numerous DMCA notices for MegaUpload URLs – in fact, the search giant currently receives more notices than when MegaUpload was online.

For some reason, copyright owners still keep MegaUpload’s spirit alive, sending out takedown requests targeting Kim Dotcom’s infamous service. For example, Paramount Pictures asked Google to remove a MegaUpload URL, claiming that it hosted a copy of the movie that was released last year. Of course, such notice was impossible, because the film didn’t even exist when MegaUpload was shut down forever, but the movie studio’s anti-piracy partner thinks otherwise. Moreover, it turned out that the same request filed on behalf of Paramount Pictures also listed a Hotfile URL, another website that has been offline for years. Finally, several of the other links pointed to unrelated content like Nokia firmware and a porn video.

HBO also sent takedown requests targeting MegaUpload, asking Google to remove a MegaUpload URL allegedly hosting a nude scene from Marisa Vitali in Bored To Death. Although this video did indeed exist 5 years ago, the URL in question hasn’t been active since the MegaUpload raid, nor did Google index it recently.

The most interesting fact is that Google is no longer indexing any MegaUpload URLs, which means that the copyright owners are asking the search engine to remove links that were not even in its index in the first place.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

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