Film studio Warner Brothers has asked Google to remove its own website from search results, saying it violates copyright laws.

It also asked the search giant to remove links to legitimate movie streaming websites run by Amazon and Sky, as well as the film database IMDB.

The request was submitted on behalf of Warner Brothers by Vobile, a company that files hundreds of thousands of take down requests every month.

The self-censorship was first spotted by news blog Torrent Freak, which said Vobile had made some “glaring errors”.

In one request, Google was asked to remove links to the official websites for films such as Batman: The Dark Knight, The Matrix and The Lucky One.

Licensed online movie portals such as Amazon and Sky Cinema were also reported for copyright infringement.

“Warner is inadvertently trying to make it harder for the public to find links to legitimate content, which runs counter to its intentions,” said Ernesto Van der Sar, from Torrent Freak.

Source: BBC News


  1. K WB, you have a web site, if we can’t google it, we can’t get to you for information about up coming events, movies etc etc. Do you even know what a copy right law infringement is? As long as no one can download your movies, you have nothing to worry about. Don’t stick movies up for others to stream, just stick up trailers, those are on television so if you are so worried perhaps you should stop putting those on the air as well. I’m just going to assume, a talent I don’t like to do. That the wording in this news source is written wrong. I buy your movies/tv shows and right on the pkg there is a web site. If I can’t google the web site, I can’t get to it. Now if this happens and you continue to put up a web site on the movie pkgs then you run the risk of false advertising, seeing as you are a major company, you can be sued for a great deal of money. K frustration is out there. Have a pleasant day and oh by the way if I find this to be true, you can rest assured that me and others will stop buying your merchandise, you will slowly loose revenue and another company better suited to care for WB will take over. Have a nice day

  2. Navigate the links with patience and find what you want 99.9% of the time on alluc dot ee. The machine is on and running, it’s too late to stop it much less control it. Best of luck though.

  3. Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a…..oops, that was MGM. But here’s an idea to mull on: take down your website altogether. Don’t allow streaming; don’t allow downloads on the web. Don’t allow sales of your DVD’s in stores or on the web, not even from Amazon. In fact, don’t even put your films on DVD or Bluray. Don’t allow television to advertise your products or your movies. Don’t let them be advertised in weekly theater schedules in local newspapers or online. Don’t even allow anyone inside the theaters. Just keep all your shit to yourself. I haven’t had any interest in watching a Warner film in several decades. To paraphrase Johnny Paycheck, you can take your movies and shove them.

  4. So… I hope Google actually goes through with it, and the amazon and IMDB sue the pants off them. Also, can we get rid of the stupid DMCA that enforces a guilty until proven innocent copyright law?

      • Which is stupid. It creates a system ripe for abuse.

        Let’s say you create a review online that features some pictures from the movie, and that review is less than favorable. Well the company can then DMCA you and get your website pulled from google search results, and may even have your website taken down by the hosts, all in an effort to make sure people don’t see your negative review. It literally only takes them an automated email to do this. There is no verification process that the DMCA request is even filed by the actual copyright owner. Then, your website gets no hits, you get no ad revenue, and the company gets to silence negative reviews that might impact ticket sales. You then using the DMCA system appeal it, which could take time. Meanwhile the movie comes out, and your review which would have received traffic and ad revenue becomes outdated by the time it comes back online. So long as the initial filer of the DMCA doesn’t contest your appeal, you have no legal recourse against them for their false DMCA and the damages they caused you.

        Now this may not really happen for movies, but it absolutely has happened to videogames.

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