Film studio Warner Brothers hired Vobile, a company that tracks down illegally-streamed copyrighted material online and files hundreds of thousands of takedown demands every month, to find which sites were stealing WB’s property and to handle the miscreants.
Vobile, on behalf of its client, asked Google to ban many websites from search results, because they violated copyright laws by containing Warner films and videos. Among the sites targeted: legitimate movie streaming websites run by Amazon, Sky Cinema, the film database IMDB….and Warner’s own websites. For example, Google was asked to remove links to the official websites for Warner films like “Batman: The Dark Knight” and “The Matrix.”
Nice job, Vobile!
Warner Brothers has yet to comment, although I would guess its comment would be along the lines of “#!%@*&!”
This is what comes of letting robots do human jobs, while charging fees as if humans were doing them. To be fair to Vobile, one sure way to stop illicit streaming is to block all streaming, just to be safe.