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UMG claims copyright, removes Drake reviews from Google

Here’s another story to file under DMCA abuse: Rizoh over at TheRapUp discovered that his short-blurb review for Drake’s Take Care, written for About.com, was removed from Google’s searches because Universal Music Group, the Drake’s record label (and actual owners of YMCMB), had claimed his review to be infringing copyright. Nevermind he barely wrote past 50 words on the album and haven’t even reprinted one lyric from the album, and nevermind such use is considered fair use.

August 14, 2012

Here’s another story to file under DMCA abuse: Rizoh over at TheRapUp discovered that his short-blurb review for Drake’s Take Care, written for About.com, was removed from Google’s searches because Universal Music Group, the Drake’s record label (and actual owners of YMCMB), had claimed his review to be infringing copyright. Nevermind he barely wrote past 50 words on the album and haven’t even reprinted one lyric from the album, and nevermind such use is considered fair use.

After digging into the matter, Rizoh also discovered The AV Club’s review was also cease-and-desisted along with his review, even though that was a favorable review. The only explanation he had was that both had comments on the page posted by readers that linked to Big Ghostfase’s satirical and devastating review of Take Care, and all those links were boosting that review’s Google page ranking. And true enough, if you do a search for “ghostfase drake review”, his review is the third item listed, with stories about that review ranking first and second, which knowing Google’s algorithms and usual capabilities, looks like some sort of search ranking sabotage has been happening.

Read more: TheRapUp

posted: August 14th, 2012, 2:07pm



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