tisdag 30 juli 2013

Microsoft anmälde sig själv till Google för upphovsrättsintrång - ville bli svartlistade

RR 2013-07-29. Microsoft har nyligen gjort ännu en anmälan till Google om upphovsrättsbrott mot sina produkter. Det speciella med den senaste anmälan är att bolaget den här gången anmälde både Microsoft.com och MicrosoftStore.com som "kriminella sidor" med piratinnehåll som Google omgående borde ta bort från sina sökresultat...

Sidorna har dock inte tagits bort från Google än så länge... Googles medarbetare anade troligen att Microsoft inte riktigt "koncentrerade sig" när de gjorde just den anmälan..?

Microsofts stora och omfattande verksamhet för s.k. piratbekämpning har även flera gånger tidigare slutat med små pinsamheter för företaget... 

- 2012 sammanställde Microsoft en lista över kriminella sajter som olagligt spridde deras Windows 8. På den listan fanns bl.a. BBC, CNN, Wikipedia och sökmotorn Bing som givetvis ägs av Micro...



RT. Like many copyright holders, Microsoft routinely asks Google to remove links from its search engine that contain copyrighted material. But last week, the software corporation mistakenly asked Google to remove its own web pages from search results.

Microsoft recently filed a Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown request against Microsoft.com, accusing its own website of copyright infringement, TorrentFreak first reported.
LeakID, a company working on behalf of Microsoft, submitted the request, which asked to remove links to Microsoft’s store, support pages and product descriptions from search results. Despite the two companies’ long-standing rivalry, Google noticed the mistake and kept the pages up.

But Microsoft has made mistakes in its takedown requests before, accusing credible and original websites of copyright infringement. TorrentFreak previously reported that Microsoft submitted nearly 5 million takedown requests in a one-year period.

Since these requests are often automated and are not always checked for accuracy, erroneous submissions often go through, potentially harming less prominent websites that rely on Google to garner page views.
Last year, the software giant’s automated software mistakenly targeted CNN, Wikipedia, Buzzfeed, TechCrunch, The Huffington Post, BBC, The Washington Post, Rotten Tomatoes, Real Clear Politics, AMC Theaters and numerous federal government websites. The National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Health and Human Services were among those targeted by the software corporation. Microsoft claimed that these sites had distributed its Windows 8 Beta without authorization.

Prior to that incident, Microsoft asked Google to remove Spotify and Bing from its search results. Although most of these websites were prominent enough to remain unaffected by the requests, AMC Theaters and Real Clear Politics temporarily disappeared from Google in mid-2012.  
Websites that are not whitelisted are more likely to disappear as a result of takedown notices. In the past month alone, Google has received 13,829,857 DMCA requests from 1,924 reporting organizations. Microsoft is among the top five copyright owners that have made requests, reporting 769,470 URLs over the past four weeks. 

“As soon as you take down one page another pops up in its place,” Mark Mulligan, a technology analyst at Midia Consulting, told BBC. “It’s like playing Whac-A-Mole.”
Between January and July, Google deleted more than 100 million links from its search results, which is double the number of links that the search engine erased last year. Only 3 percent of takedown requests are rejected.

In May 2012, TorrentFreak reported that some of the world’s largest music and movie companies mistakenly reported content that promoted their latest works. Warner Bros. asked Google to delist an official trailer to the movie “Wrath of the Titans,” as well as all content that referenced it, such as news articles, an IMDb page and a listing that helps people find theaters to watch the movie.

It is unclear if Warner Bros. suffered financial consequences from the mistake, but companies who mistakenly file a DCMA request against themselves or are the victim of one can file a counter-notice to ask Google to reinstate the website in search results.

- Google has also blacklisted and banned more than 11 million websites that were registered through the co.cc subdomain, which it classified as a “freehost”. 

The subdomain belonged to a Korean company that provided free or cheap domains and had a high percentage of malware-hosting websites. 
Although the removal of co.cc from Google search results may have eliminated some phishers and spammers from search results, it also eliminated bloggers who had done no wrong, but were simply looking for the cheapest platform to acquire a domain. 

“Some blog owners who wish to continue to offer their blogs to the mainstream public have conveyed their frustration at not being given a just opportunity to cater to potential new readers who would now have great difficulty locating their blogs,” Tech Hamlet wrote in 2011. “To remedy this, many blog owners are expected to try to continue their efforts using different domains.”

Bloggers and small business owners who purchase their domains from more reputable providers will not likely see their websites banned, but could easily be at the end of a DMCA takedown request.
Although Google noticed Microsoft’s mistake and kept the rival company’s links in its search results, less prominent websites might not be so lucky, and could quickly disappear from the web in the daily flood of DMCA requests.


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Microsoft anmälde sig själv till Google för upphovsrättsintrång - ville bli svartlistade

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  1. --Microsoft helped the NSA bypass encryption, new Snowden leak reveals--

    July 11, 2013

    Microsoft worked hand-in-hand with the United States government in order to allow federal investigators to bypass encryption mechanisms meant to protect the privacy of millions of users, Edward Snowden told The Guardian.

    According to an article published on Thursday by the British newspaper, internal National Security Agency memos show that Microsoft actually helped the federal government find a way to decrypt messages sent over select platforms, including Outlook.com Web chat, Hotmail email service, and Skype.

    The Guardian wrote that Snowden, the 30-year-old former systems administrator for NSA contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, provided the paper with files detailing a sophisticated relationship between America’s intelligence sector and Silicon Valley.

    The documents, which are reportedly marked top-secret, come in the wake of other high-profile disclosures attributed to Snowden since he first started collaborating with the paper for articles published beginning June 6. The United States government has since indicted Snowden under the Espionage Act, and he has requested asylum from no fewer than 20 foreign nations.

    In the case of Microsoft, however, it appears as if the Bill Gates-founded tech company went out of its way to assist federal investigators.




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