Porn company targets GitHub projects in a copyright takedown notice to Google

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The porn company, Wicked Pictures, may have got a bit excited when it sent a copyright takedown notice to Google, although most of the links are to torrent websites with the company's own movies, a few are links to GitHub projects, including ones by Yahoo, Facebook, Netflix and openSUSE.

In a submission to ChillingEffects, Google said it received the takedown notice on 22 December 2014, in which the notice said that "the materials reported in this notice are the copyrighted DVD/videos of Wicked Pictures," however, the notice contains links to GitHub projects.

Most of the 6,576 links listed appear legitimate, linking to either torrent or online steaming websites containing the company's movies, however, 61 GitHub project links look out of place.

https://help.github.com/articles/dealing-with-non-fast-forward-errors/
https://github.com/Zizzamia/ng-tasty
https://github.com/zen-kernel/zen-kernel
https://github.com/yahoo/pure/releases/
https://github.com/yahoo/pure
https://github.com/YabataDesign/afterglow-theme
https://github.com/wet-boew/wet-boew
https://github.com/wearefractal/glob-watcher
https://github.com/wanderlust/wanderlust
https://github.com/thombergs/wicked-charts
https://github.com/Thibauth/python-pushover
https://github.com/tcnksm/vagrant-pushover
https://github.com/substack/pushover
https://github.com/SteveSanderson/knockout-es5
https://github.com/sps/pushover4j
https://github.com/sensu/sensu-community-plugins/blob/master/handlers/notification/pushover.rb
https://github.com/schneems/wicked/wiki/Testing-Wicked-with-RSpec
https://github.com/schneems/wicked
https://github.com/satyr/coco
https://github.com/satyr
https://github.com/sampsyo/beets/issues/546
https://github.com/rust-lang/cargo
https://github.com/rniemeyer/knockout-delegatedEvents
https://github.com/rniemeyer/knockout-amd-helpers
https://github.com/qbit/node-pushover
https://github.com/openSUSE/wicked/issues/432
https://github.com/openSUSE/wicked
https://github.com/Nuku/Flexible-Survival/blob/master/Stripes/Candy
https://github.com/Netflix/Lipstick
https://github.com/nemomobile/lipstick
https://github.com/mrmrs/colors
https://github.com/mirage
https://github.com/mileszs/wicked_pdf/issues/78
https://github.com/LubosD/darling
https://github.com/laprice/pushover
https://github.com/kryap/php-pushover
https://github.com/krisselden/broccoli-sane-watcher
https://github.com/Knockout-Contrib/Knockout-Validation
https://github.com/knockout/knockout
https://github.com/knockout
https://github.com/kirang20/wgxp-java-rosa
https://github.com/jreese/znc-push/blob/master/doc/pushover.md
https://github.com/jnwatts/pushover.sh
https://github.com/jfinkels/flask-restless/
https://github.com/jasonlewis/resource-watcher
https://github.com/huxi/lilith
https://github.com/hannorein/rebound
https://github.com/gregghz/Watcher
https://github.com/feuerbach/tasty
https://github.com/facebook/rebound-js
https://github.com/facebook/rebound
https://github.com/erniebrodeur/pushover
https://github.com/entertailion/Fling/blob/master/README.md
https://github.com/enkydu/raspi_runner
https://github.com/dyaa/Laravel-pushover
https://github.com/danesparza/Pushover.NET
https://github.com/crazed
https://github.com/callmenick/css-loaders-spinners-2/tree/master/js
https://github.com/callmenick/css-loaders-spinners-2
https://github.com/allure-framework/allure-core
https://github.com/abrt/satyr

It is not known at this stage if Google has removed the links from their search engine or if it has realized the claims are clearly bogus, however, this mistake does highlights major flaws with takedown notices and the potential use against innocent websites.

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