Copyright Owners Send DMCA Requests for Non-Existent Torrents

Categories: Copy Rights

A number of copyright holders, including HBO and Paramount Pictures, send out takedown notices for non-existent torrent links, accusing websites of distributing recently released movies and TV-shows. The problem is that the services in question have been down for a year. Apparently, anti-piracy groups automatically generate links based on hashes and don’t verify their data. This may illustrate just how far anti-piracy groups are ready to go in fabricating “evidence”.

For example, IP-Echelon sends takedown notices on behalf of HBO and Paramount Pictures, targeting websites that allegedly distribute popular video content. The sites reported include and, which have been operating as so-called torrent caches. They don’t have a searchable index of torrents but rather operate as a hosting platform for torrent sites, identifying torrents by their unique hash.

The first problem is that was shut down at the end of 2014. The other torrent cache, Torrage, has also been offline for quite a while. But the recent takedown notices still list them with hashes of new torrents – which never existed when the services were still online. It means that IP-Echelon is simply fabricating URLs based on torrent hashes without checking whether they even exist. This anti-piracy group is sending dozens of such fabricated notices per month.

While in this case no harm can be done, because the reported services are offline and can’t be punished by Google’s downranking algorithm, the very fact that the anti-piracy group keeps fabricating links suggests little oversight.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

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Date:  Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016
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