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The Piracy Paradox: Google and Lumen Database

The Piracy Paradox: Google and Lumen Database November 15, 2016

As Google becomes richer with honeypots and other false positives in place of working links for for-pay content, one constant remains:

DMCA notices are publicized, thus neatly culminating working download links and making them readily available.

For example, let’s say I’m searching for a new album from a band:

As you can see, I’ve searched for the artist name (Testament), a part of the album name (Brotherhood), and I’ve specified a site I would like to see results from (site:zippyshare.com). As a quick aside, Zippyshare.com is a fast, low-barrier-to-entry download site, which makes it a popular choice among downloaders.

The interesting part in the image above is the paragraph I highlighted at the bottom, which in an otherwise long list of search results, is usually buried.

If you click “read the DMCA complaint,” you’re taken to a page on the Lumen Database (formerly known as Chilling Effects) in which all a user must do is search the page for the name of the site they’re interested in finding download links from, or the name of whatever they’re wanting to download so as to find a good link.

Since it seems few people ever make it down to that paragraph in Google, this doesn’t necessarily mean search engine DMCA notices are pointless; however, it certainly leaves a lot to be desired on the behalf of entities wishing for their content to not be referenced AT ALL by Google — or any search engine, for that matter.

What’s the point of paying for a DMCA service that, instead of removing offending content, inadvertently creates a neat repository for it all?

Worse yet is that the very site meant to provide transparency in this equation has itself become the ultimate search engine for everything from direct downloads to torrents! Yes, Lumen Database has its own built-in search functionality:

After typing in a search for Testament Brotherhood Zippyshare.com, here is a small sample of the results (I’ve obfuscated parts of the links so as to avoid receiving DMCA notices myself):

Again, this is the absolute antithesis of what the anti-piracy industry is trying to achieve. Why this paradox is the current standard from a legal standpoint is beyond me, but in a world where the FBI continues running roughshod over the juggernaughts of piracy, the takeaway we’re left with here is tragically ironic: Google and Lumen Database are the untouchable, undisputed heavyweight tag team champions of the piracy world.

-Stephen

Stephen Chapman

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Hi! I'm Stephen and I'm a professional hacker (the news said so, so it must be true)! I love reverse engineering games and software protection schemes, and teaching others how to do the same via YouTube. I've presented at hacker and Internet marketing conferences, been rewarded in bug bounty programs, unearthed more PII via advanced search engine queries than you can shake a stick at, and a whole lot more. Feel free to say hi sometime via any of the avenues above!


  1. AUDREY • January 22, 2017

    IT SEEMS THAT THE BIG DIGTIAL GUY THAT WANTS TO CHARGE THE SMALL GUY AND THE WORLD WHAT SO EVER THEY CAN. IM GLAD TO SEE THAT SOME ONE CAN STAND FIRM TO SHOW PEOPLE THST IS INTERESTED IN GOING ONLINE TO STREAM AND FIND OUT WHAT THEY WANT FOR FREE IS GROWING EACH AND EVERY DAY. MY BEST REGARDS TO YOU. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK. Reply


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