MarkMonitor, the company that has been named as the Center for Copyright Information (CCI) vanguard and copyright abuse sniffer, doesn’t work very well. We already knew this, but in a funny turn of events it has flagged HBO.com as being in violation of the DMCA for violations of its own content.
The report sent to Google stated that HBO.com was using HBO’s own cable content without permission. Interestingly, the same automated report named websites that were writing about HBO content, and thus clearly not violating “fair use” provisions of the law.
Sadly, the MarkMonitor system is the key to the upcoming “Six Strikes” copyright monitoring system that AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon have agreed to. And it doesn’t work.