Universal Music Sneaks Unfavorable Reviews Into List Of Copyright Infringement Take Downs

Under the provisions of 1998’s Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA), copyright holders can make a legal claim to remove online materials which breach said copyright.

In June, the British Recorded Music Industry (BPI) filed such notice on behalf of Universal Music Group, seeking to have illegal downloads removed from Google Search.

Among those illegal downloads were three URLs linking to two separate, middling reviews of Drake‘s Take Care LP. Both reviews featured a common link to a third, and far more brutal review.

An accident, as Techdirt suggests possible? Perhaps. But either way, this is an alarming illustration of the potential and, in fact, likely free speech stifling abuses of the DMCA.

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