Take down notices
Take down notices

Take down notices

Take down notices

Take down notices are a blunt instrument of law that are designed for a specific purpose - open to abuse ?

Frivolous take down notices
For anyone who doesn't already know what take down notices are - a take down notice is a tool that can be used to force someone to remove certain content from a web site.
There has to be good reason and they shouldn't be used frivolously and this is what concerns me about take down notices. There are already cases where take down notices have been issued when they shouldn't.
A practice similar to that of using a Statutory Demand Notice to try and force a debtor to settle a disputed debt when of course, the correct route would be to issue a County Court Summons.
Take down notices and anonymity
Like a Statutory Demand notice, the take down notice is a blunt instrument of law that is designed for a specific purpose and it is fit for that purpose however, it is also wide open to abuse.
Of course, the law-makers realise this and think that they have covered all bases by allowing for counter-notices to be issued which is supposed to deter anyone from issuing a frivolous take down notice.
The issue at the root of this problem is anonymity and web sites who allow users to maliciously post anonymously. IMHO, a greater burden should fall on those who allow this to happen.
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Take down notices

Take down notices

Google have been recording how many take down notices they have received

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29-10-2011
Last week, I informed our readers about the UK's new Draft Defamation Bill and one of its core aims which is to bring the world of online media into line with printed media.
In my opinion, in its present form, the Bill could drastically affect what the owners and users of a website are 'legally' able to say and publish on the internet.
I am going to keep an eye on the Bill's progress over the next few months and will periodically report back to our readers with my findings.
In light of the possible ramifications for blogging web sites, internet forums and web sites such as Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and their users, I thought that our readers may be interested to know just how many take down notices and requests are presently being issued so, I did a quick Google search to see if I could find any information.
My intention was to see if I could find a good information resource and check it periodically to see whether there are any notable changes over the next year or so, and in particular, watch the effect that the passing of a new defamation law has on the figures.
I completed my search with eager anticipation and was delighted to find out that, low and behold, since July 2009, good old Google have been recording the amount of take down notices and requests that they have been receiving and publishing the figures in their transparency report which is available for all to see ( saves me a job !)
Google's figures are based on the notices and requests that it has received across a range of its products, services and platforms - Web Search, Google Images, Google Videos, Google Earth, Maps and Panaramio, Street View, Google Groups, Youtube, Blogger and Google Adwords an so, should offer a reasonable representation of what is happening on the internet.
Surprisingly, Google offer this information on a Country by Country basis and making a comparison between the different Countries is very interesting for example, in the UK, in the period January to June 2011, Google received 65 content removal requests for a total of 333 different items and complied with 82% of them.
Interestingly, this figure is 71% up on the figures that Google posted for the previous six month period, but I am still surprised by this relatively low figure because I thought that it would be much higher and in my opinion, the reason that it isn't, is that people do not know how to issue a take down notice or, to make a take down request or, they are deterred from doing so because of the unreasonably high costs of issuing legal proceedings in this type of matter.
Don't forget however, that the UK Government aims to address this situation with the introduction and passing of a new Defamation Bill and that therefore, upon completion of this process, we will almost certainly see an increase in the reported figures.
As a comparison, in Turkey, in the same period, Google received 39 content removal requests for a total of 269 different items and complied with 74% of them and these figures saw a massive 650% increase on the figures for the previous six months and as a further comparison, in Cyprus, since Google have been recording and reporting these figures, absolutely no take down notices or, requests, have ever been issued or, received, by Google - what !
Google reports further detail concerning these take down notices and interested readers who want to find out more can do so by visiting the page containing Google's report.
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