Well, that was swift.
Last week, I wrote that Google had flagged my Take Care review after BPI, acting on behalf of UMG, filed a bogus DMCA complaint. BPI now admits it made a mistake.
“BPI uses the DMCA process to request the removal of millions of links in search results to infringing sound recordings every year. We have no intention of ever trying to remove links to reviews or writing about music. In this case, we regret that an isolated error occurred with the effect that we mistakenly asked for a few links to reviews to be removed. Immediately on learning of the mistake, we asked Google to reinstate the links concerned and are undertaking a review of our processes to ensure this does not happen again. We apologise to all concerned for our mistake.”
Sure enough, those links are back up.
My heart is full of gratitude to everyone who brought attention to this story. I’m certain that those URLs would have remained blacklisted if it wasn’t for all the buzz this thing generated. I owe you guys a box of chocolates.
On the Web:
- Universal Music Uses Bogus DMCA Claim To Take Down Negative Review Of Drake’s Album [Techdirt]
- Drake’s label takes down negative album review with DMCA request [Daily Dot]
- Universal abuses copyright law to snuff out negative Drake reviews [Fact Mag]
- Music industry group asked Google to remove search links to album reviews [The Verge]
- Did A Bogus Copyright Claim Erase A Negative Drake Review From Google? [Uproxx]
- Writer Alleges Universal Music Group Took Down His Negative Drake Review [HipHopWired]
- Universal Music Group Files Copyright Complaint Against Reviews of Drake’s ‘Take Care’ [Digital Times]