Spammers are a real pain in the neck! And this time they have chosen Google to prove the point to. Apparently the software giant has attracted the unwanted attention of spammers who are swamping it with millions of “fake” Digital Millennium Copyright Act notices sent via Google’s own forms.
While these forms are a great way to bring your content related grievances to Google’s notice and allows the latter to take down pirated and illegal content, they are not really meant to advertise. However, some of the more intelligent (pun intended) members of the spammer community have decided that Google’s forms are one of the better ways to indirectly direct traffic to online outlets promising to sell you all sorts of counterfeit products .
In fact if you were to visit the ChillingEffects archives, which collects and analyzes legal complaints and requests for removal of online materials, instead of requests for removal of copyrighted content, you may also find yourselves face to face with advertisements for fake Viagra and other, similar shady deals.
However, the spammers seem quite unaware of the fact that none of these notices on Chilling Effects are indexed by Google, meaning that all their efforts are mostly in vain. Also, someone hoping to shop for something could hardly be expected to visit the archives with their lists.
Be that as may, either due to a huge conspiracy to turn the archives into the Harry Potter series equivalent of Knocturn Alley or just sheer ignorance on the spammer’s part, the number of such entries have reached an all time high. In fact, last year DMCA recorded a massive 7.8 million submissions in a single week, equalling up to about 13 entries every single second.
Well, Google is aware of the fact and is probably culling through the archives even as we speak. However, until the forms themselves have some measure that prevent non-serious entries, Google may find itself fighting a virtual Medusa.