#AceSocialNews – Featured Report:USA:March.01: Earlier this year an unprecedented flood of leaked movies hit the net, including screener copies of popular titles such as American Sniper, Selma and Unbroken.
Hoping to steer people away from these unauthorized copies the copyright holders sent out thousands of takedown notices.
These efforts generally target URLs of torrent sites, cyberlockers and streaming services that link to the authorized movies. However, some requests go a little further, targeting news publications such as the one you’re reading at the moment.
Last week NBC Universal sent a series of takedown notices to Google including one for the leaked movie “Unbroken.” Aside from the usual suspects, the list of allegedly infringing URLs also included our recent coverage of the screener leaks.
As with the other pages, NBC Universal urged Google to remove our news report from its search results.
This is not the first time that this has happened back as far as March 2013 Torrentfreak reported that NBC Universal is one of the copyright holders involved in the "six strikes" copyright alert system but the warnings it sends out to subscribers of non-participating ISPs stand in stark contrast to the educational approach of the program. A threatening email warns the alleged file-sharers that they risk substantial monetary damages, criminal prosecution and Internet disconnections.
After years of negotiating and planning the “six strikes” copyright alert system finally went live last month.
Under the program, copyright holders will alert ISPs about infringing material being shared on their networks and the providers will send friendly and educational alerts to affected customers.
The full notice NBC Universal sent out is pasted below. For reference, the Copyright Alert email that’s sent out to Comcast users when they are caught pirating can be found here.