At the Ref Desk (1/5/21): First shift of the year! [more...]

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 12/10/06 (1:51pm)

While googling for pictures of failed technologies for my post on eBooks, I came across a strange note at the bottom of Google's search results. It read:

"In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 2 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint that caused the removal(s) at"

I wondered what this was about so I followed the 'DMCA complaint' link. It led to a 'cease-and-desist letter' posted on telling Google to remove search results from its database not because Google is infringing on copyright but because the site is that Google is linking to!

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This is pretty bad. But it did give me an opportunity to look over The 'About Us' page says:

Chilling Effects aims to support lawful online activity against the chill of unwarranted legal threats.... The Chilling Effects project seeks to document that "chill" and inform C&D recipients of their legal rights in response.

The website catalogs 'cease-and-desist' letters as well as points to resources related to free speech and the DMCA. It's sponsored by a host of impressive organizations including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.