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Popular webtoon subscription service Toomics is quite active on piracy. Unfortunately, the Korean company is not very accurate, as the remarks about removal are aimed at legal content on Facebook, Amazon, Pinterest and Netflix. Even more bizarrely, Toomics has repeatedly asked Google to remove “infringing”
Every two weeks, we take an informal look at the various removal requests that companies like Google and Twitter receive.
The vast majority of comments are valid and point to pirated material, but errors are certainly not difficult to find.
These bugs come in different shapes and sizes. An incorrectly identified URL in a list of thousands is somewhat understandable. However, there are also cases where it is difficult to find legitimate claims to begin with.
Toomics’ Takedown Mess
The latter applies to some of the DMCA notices that webtoon publisher Toomics has sent to Google. The company, which recently teamed up with other publishers to combat piracy, is building a terrible track record.
We do not even have to dive deep into the individual removals to show that something is not quite right. The list of domains that are most targeted by the company, which includes Amazon, Facebook, Pinterest and Wikipedia, speaks for itself.
There are many mistakes we can choose from to illustrate that something is wrong. For example, in a warning where Toomics tries to remove ‘pirated’ copies of the web ‘Sweet Bitter Love’, it targets a movie, a BBC series, a book and a song that happens to share the same name. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
You have the wrong person …
In another removal request, Toomics tries to look for pirated copies of the webtoon “You Have The Wrong Person”. Instead, it asks Google to remove unrelated URLs, including the Wikipedia entry for The Magic Flute, various posts about being in love or married to the wrong person, and dozens of other mistakes.
We can continue to highlight hundreds of errors, but the data speaks for itself. The same can be said about Google’s response, as the company wisely refused to take action in response to any of Toomic’s take – off messages.
Toomics also targets its own website
There is another thing that stands out in the comments, which we will definitely highlight. Toomics also asked Google to remove dozens of URLs from its own website, Toomics.com.
For example, in the aforementioned “You Have The Wrong Person” message, there are 14 Toomics.com links pointing to the official cartoon. As a bonus, the companies also tried to remove the URLs of their own tweets. This pattern reappears in several alerts and shows that Toomics has not even approved its own website.
The good news for the webtoon publisher is that Google is good at detecting errors. This means that most legitimate links, including Toomics.com, have not been removed from Google’s search results.
However, Toomics is not always so lucky. We also saw cases where Google removed Toomic.com URLs. For example, this Jeopardy webtone was self-flagged and no longer appears in search results. But they had the one who came. Let’s hope it’s an alarm clock.