E-Hentai, Gelbooru, Hanime Homepages Get DMCA’d, Removed From Google
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DMCA claims were filed against hundreds of web pages consisting of doujins, animes, and hentai, even imageboards. Sites like E-Hentai, Gelbooru, Hanime, GetComixxx, and many others have had their homepages removed from Google due to the claims made by an unknown party.

TorrentFreak.com did a fairly detailed report on hundreds of links being hit with DMCA removal claims, with the alleged copyright owner of the material requesting to have all of the links removed from Google’s search engine, which included homepages for top porn sites like xHamster and YouPorn. Google, however, did not honor the request to have xHamster and YouPorn’s homepages removed, though, and you’ll still find them at the top of the Google search if you look them up.

Other sites haven’t been so lucky, though, and you’ll see a Digital Millennium Copyright Act notice at the bottom of the search page if you attempt to search up their homepage.

As reported by TorrentFreak, imageboard Gelbooru got hit by the notice and haven’t had any luck having their homepage restored to Google, with TorrentFreak explaining…

“The operator of one site – Gelbooru.com – which had its homepage delisted from Google despite containing no infringing content, told TorrentFreak that complaining to Google proved fruitless.”

There are multiple lists of the sites that have been hit. If you want to see an easy-to-read listing of the allegedly infringed content that was removed and the sites that had their homepages nuked, user Slayerduck linked to a Pastebin for all the affected parties.

Now there are multiple entries of various alleged copyright infringements. Some people originally thought that DLSite.com had something to do with it or their parent company EISYS.inc., since some of the claims listed DLSite as the one who owned some of the original works being infringed upon. However, in an update on the article TorrentFreak linked to the Lumen Database entry where not only list the original works being from DLSite but they also had DLSite listed as one of the sites infringing on the content!

Another site called DLSiteNews.com was also affected, with its homepage also affected. This seems to give the impression that whoever filed the notices attempted to make it look like DLSite filed the notices but then in an attempt to capture as many hentai and adult comic book sites in its net they also put DLSite and related sites into the takedown claim.

Now this doesn’t mean you can’t access the sites at all, it actually means that just those pages that were requested to be removed from Google’s database were affected. So maybe the homepage was removed but not the contact page, or the privacy policy page, or the category page. In some cases it was just links to pages containing the doujins, mangas, hentai, or comics that the claimant alleged was infringing, while the rest of the site was left alone.

Even still, losing visibility of any page on a search engine is a huge blow to a website, because it means when people search up that content it won’t appear in Google.

This isn’t to say that the sites that had some of the claims filed against them aren’t infringing on the content. It’s very possible that some of them are, but at the same time the DMCA is also affecting other sites that aren’t involved. Then again, it could be that some user uploaded content may have contained copyrighted material and the copyright holders decided to file a claim based on that material.

Again, it’s tough to tell given that there isn’t any data on the sender if you visit the different notices on the Lumen Database.

Sites like MangaRock, have been affected, along with Manga Like, Doujin Ero-World, Doujin-Free, and Hentai Paradise to name a few.

TorrentFreak has links to various entry claims targeting hundreds of links across various websites where the claimant has alleged that these sites have infringed upon their content.

I did reach out to DLSite for comment, and they responded explaining that they did not issue the DMCA claims. A representative for DLSite and EISYS stated…

“We had a look through the article you provided and can tell you that EISYS, Inc. / DLsite is not involved in this matter. When we send a DMCA request it will be via:”Eisys, Inc.” https://www.eisys.co.jp/company/company-overview.html or “Unidam, Inc.” http://www.unidam.com/company

 

“We do not know anything about the company: “Copyright Legal Services INC”

 

“With that being said however, it is indeed strange that the same URLs would appear in both… […]

 

“We can only assume that it is a mistake of some description or that someone is trying to use our name such that they may avoid tarnishing their own reputation.

 

“As far as DMCA requests go, the DMCA sender must be the owner of the copyright material, or have permission from the owner to act on their behalf.

 

“What this means is… if the takedowns are being performed legally, then it could be a company similar to DLsite which sells the same content and has the rights to perform DMCAs. (Not pointing the finger here or anything, but one example would be DMM.)

 

“If this is not the case, then the takedowns are being performed illegally. i.e. the company does not have the rights to perform a DMCA takedown.

 

(For all we know, it may very well be a ‘paper company’ / shell corporation doing dirty work for Japanese creators… and considering the sheer number of takedowns it could be an automated AI of some description but… that’s getting into the field of crazy conspiracy theories.)

Some people have suggested that it could be DMCA trolls attempting to mess with the manga and hentai communities, but if that’s true then they could be in a lot of legal trouble if they were ever apprehended. Others think that it could be a company attempting to stifle Western access to mangas and doujins and protect Japanese copyright. Given that we have no idea who the actual individual(s) is/are who filed the claims it’s not possible at this time to know whether it’s trolls or an aggressive rights holder.

(Thanks for the news tip Patrick Wise)

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