Film studio Warner Brothers has asked Google to remove its own website from search results, saying it violates copyright laws. It also asked the search giant to remove links to legitimate movie streaming websites run by Amazon and Sky, as well as the film database IMDB.
The request was submitted on behalf of Warner Brothers by Vobile, a company that files hundreds of thousands of takedown requests every month.
Warner Brothers has yet to comment. The self-censorship was first spotted by news blog Torrent Freak, which said Vobile had made some “glaring errors”.
Licensed online movie portals such as Amazon and Sky Cinema were also reported for copyright infringement.
Companies such as Vobile typically work on behalf of major film studios, reporting illegally uploaded copies of movies and television programs. Google’s transparency report says Vobile has submitted more than 13 million links for removal.
It also reveals other potential mistakes – such as film studio Lions gate reporting a copy of London Has Fallen found on the Microsoft download store.
After reviewing the Warner Brothers report, Google decided not to remove links to Amazon, IMDB and Sky Cinema from its results.