Google not “taking-down” Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).com
In the manner that numerous copyright holders do, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) also very routinely asks Google Inc to remove links to copyrighted material, from its wide-reaching search engine. However, last week MSFT accidently asked GOOG to have its own pages removed from search results. TorrentFreak first reported that MSFT filed a DMCA or a Digital Millennium Copyright Act, takedown-request against Microsoft.com. It accused its own site of copyright-infringement.
This request was submitted by a company who is working on behalf of MSFT, LeakID. It asked that Google remove links to the MSFT support pages, store as well as all product descriptions from its search results. The rivalry between Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Google is not an unknown one. The latter noticed the slip-up and kept the pages posted.
MSFT does it again
This is not the first time that Microsoft has made mistakes in takedown requests. It has ended up accusing original and credible sites of copyright infringement. Previously, TorrentFreak had reported that MSFT had submitted almost 5M takedown requests in a single year.
More often than not, these requests are automated and rarely checked for accuracy. This means that erroneous submissions slip though and have the potential to harm less-prominent sites that rely on the search engine to attract views.
Biggies targeted as well
Before this incident occurred, MSFT had asked GOOG to remove Bing and Spotify from its search results. Luckily, most of these sites were big enough to not really get affected by these requests. But Real Clear Politics and AMC Theatres had disappeared temporarily from Google in the middle of 2012.
From January to July of this year, Google has deleted over 100M links from search results. This is 100% more than what was erased by the search engine last year. A miniscule 3% of these takedown-requests were actually rejected.