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How Microsoft’s Copyright Claim Went Awry

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Microsoft was just trying to stop a leak.

With the software giant’s Windows 8 on the cusp of being released (it’s slated to appear this month), the company was doing its best to prevent the unauthorized distribution of a beta version of the software through leaks and torrents. To do that, as is common practice under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA), Microsoft asked Google to block hundreds of search results that might have linked to copyright-infringing material.

Generally, these requests are automated; a computer program monitors the Internet for keywords and other markers linked to unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material. And as with any automated system, occasionally things go awry. That’s what apparently happened with a series of Microsoft filings from earlier this summer, as a recently discovered, 892-item legal notice from July shows. While the bulk of Microsoft’s claims are legitimate, according to Boing Boing

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