"Are such operations starting to change the landscape of piracy?" asks our reader, who observes:
"These guys make it their business to actively seek out infringing content/links/torrents on behalf of their clients, and issue takedown notices: something they claim that, because they specialise in it and because they have considerably automated the seeking-out process, they can be significantly better (and cheaper/more efficient) at than the average content owner.I must confess that, till I received this email, I had not heard of Takedown Piracy, and wonder whether readers have any experiences of its operations within and outside the United States.
In this blog post, one such takes credit for the recent demise of Cheggit, said to have been the single largest adult-content bittorrent site on the internet -- which they claim to have brought down through the sheer volume of DMCA takedown notices they served on the site.
Their FAQ also has some interesting Q&As, eg:
Q. Piracy seems pretty rampant, why even try?I was wondering, does this kind of appointed agency on behalf of the copyright owners legally work in the UK/EU as well?
Q. You say you only monitor 500 or so sites, why not 100,000?
It seems almost the natural ecosystem response to the likes of the Megaupload reward program (Black hats outsource/crowdsource the provision of links to their content to specialists for cash --> white hats outsource/automate the following of such links and the serving of take-down notices to a countering cottage industry for cash)
The DMCA take-down system is often declared "useless" by those pushing for ever shinier new laws. But does this claim by a (self-promoting, far from uninvolved) takedown agent suggest that just possibly it may not be so ineffective after all?"