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Porn Companies Are Going After GitHub

Posted on January 10th, 2015 at 17:51 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Intellectual Property -- Write a comment

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Porn production companies are currently engaged in a scorched earth copyright infringement campaign against torrenting sites with URLs containing specific keywords—say, “thrust” or “glob-watcher.” GitHu​b, a popular site for coders that allows professionals and hobbyists to create open source software together, is getting caught in the crossfire.

Several Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) complaints filed to G​oogle by companies representing various porn companies in the last month alone have resulted in dozens of legitimate GitHub URLs being removed from the search engine’s results, Tor​rentFreak first reported.

Among the offending URLs were GitHub support pages, entire code repositories, and user profile pages. Tomasz Janczuk, a former Microsoft employee, had part of his GitHub repository​ removed from Google’s search results after a December 20th, 2014 DMCA compla​int by Takedown P​iracy LLC, a company representing Adam & Eve, a porn production company.

According to Janczuk, removing GitHub pages from Google’s search results could harm the open source software community by reducing its visibility online.

“Removal of GitHub content or reduction of its visibility would have a substantial impact on companies or individuals participating in the open source model,” Janczuk sad in an email, “since high visibility of [open source software] content is frequently part of a marketing strategy.”

Janczuk’s URL, “https://github.com/tja​nczuk/edge,” was apparently too close to The E​dge, a 2001 movie made by Adam & Eve, for the company’s liking.

Porn companies aren’t alone in this practice, though a perusal of Google’s tra​nsparency report reveals that the vast majority of DMCA complaints against GitHub in the last six months were filed by Takedown Piracy on behalf of a range of porn companies.

  1. Must be interesting work. Looks great on a resume, you bet.

    “I developed an application to eliminate internet search results for the word ‘tit’. Birdwatchers were outraged.”

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