Rule34.Paheal, Other Hentai Sites Under Siege By False DMCA Takedowns
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More hentai sites have come under siege by Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown notices issued by a mysterious organization going by Right Protect Corporation. The takedowns follow on the heels of a previous takedown spree that targeted sites like E-Hentai, Hanime, and Gelbooru back in June.

The latest deluge of complaints have been filed against sites like Hentai Haven and Rule34.Paheal. In one of the more recent complaints filed on August 24th, 2019 over on the Lumen Database, it reveals that Right Protect Corporation filed copyright claims on a number of works currently published on Hentai Haven, including Momoiro Bouenkyou and Kyonyuu Fantasy.

However, some of the claims against Hentai Haven aren’t even for published works, but are for the genre pages, such as “subbed”, “toys”, “loli”, “censored” or “HD”.

It should go without saying that genre pages aren’t copyright infringements, and even if a manga or doujin on the specified page was infringing, filing a claim notice against the page itself is pointless since every time new works are added the older works are pushed further back onto other pages.

So essentially, the takedowns against Hentai Haven are more-so about removing those pages from Google’s search rather than targeting specific works that are allegedly infringing.

7967 links from Doujin-free.com were also labeled as infringing by the Right Protect Corporation, resulting in those URLs being de-indexed from the search engine.

The same thing applies to the thousands of claims made against Rule34.Pahael.

Anyone who knows the internet knows that Rule34 is the proto-porn hub for rule 34 content. Back on August 4th, 2019 the Lumen Database shows that Right Protect Corporation filed a number of DMCA claims against the hentai site. However, you can’t access it through the Lumen Database, you need to request a file. The file contains a text list for all of the allegedly infringing links.

You can download the text file from over on 4shard.com.

The list is quite revealing, containing nearly 13,000 links.

A number of those entries are for users, comments, and general posts.

Ultimately, it’s a DMCA takedown to wipe out a lot of Rule34.Paheal’s content from the search engines. And… it worked.

While you can still find Rule34.Pahael’s main page on Google, as noted via an archive of the search, what you won’t find are any of the links that have been labeled as infringing, which includes the FAQ page.

If you search up the Rule34.Paheal FAQ on Google, you won’t find the page in the general search index anymore. At the bottom of the page you will find a notice stating that a DMCA complaint is responsible for its removal.

It appears to be a systematic purge of hentai on the internet.

What’s more is that the organization responsible for this, Right Protect Corporation, seems to be a shell.

You won’t find anything about them on Google.

The only relevant thing that pops up on Yandex is a company based out of the United Kingdom called Right Protect, but they’re an SEO booster site.

The thing about this Right Protect Corporation is that they aren’t listed in the U.K., but rather have claimed to file copyright protections from the U.S., Japan, and China.

Basically they’re a shadow organization for now, and there doesn’t appear to be anyway to find out who is actually behind the DMCAs.

When these takedowns first occurred back in June, it was presumed that it was DLSite, since they were listed in the notices as having their works infringed upon, but it turned out that DLSite also had their content flagged, too, and they also issued a statement saying that they had no involvement with the mass-takedown notices.

Some of the site owners came together to file a lawsuit and attempt to get the situation settled, but that hasn’t proved to be a useful solution in bringing to fruition the people behind the Right Protect Corporation.

So if you find that your favorite hentai site is no longer showing up on the search engines, you now know why.

(Thanks for the news tip Ruud)

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