Perfect Pitch (or, the DMCA *sucks*)

A link to a website gets more search juice than the website itself. The website owner files a DMCA takedown, and the linking site gets removed from google results. Um, *wow* that’s BS.

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  1. Official Statement from PerfectPitch.com
    Re: Google DMCA Removal of a Blog Page

    To All Readers:

    Here at PerfectPitch.com we made a big mistake.

    We instructed Google to block a blog site managed by Jeremy Keith, citing that they were in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyrights Act (DMCA). As per our request, Google did indeed remove this page from their search listings.

    We wish to formally apologize to Mr. Keith and his bloggers for this mistake, for which we are deeply regretful.

    Please understand that we had no intention whatsoever to suppress the speech on Mr. Keith’s page. Please know that we are ardent supporters and advocates of free speech for everyone.

    We recognize this was a careless error, and there is really no excuse for this. Nevertheless, please permit us a moment to explain.

    Here’s what happened:

    We were actually submitting to Google a list of sites that were illegally distributing copies of our copyrighted intellectual property. We of course have every right to request that Google have these sites removed from their search engine results because we believe these sites violate the DMCA, which prohibits the illegal distribution of copyrighted materials over the internet.

    To our shock and horror, an employee of ours mistakenly included Mr. Keith’s site in our list, merely because it made a reference to illegal copies of our course. Naturally, this is not grounds for removal of this page at Google. Our intention was only to remove actual pages where the course is being illegally distributed, and not any pages of free speech, such as Mr. Keith’s blog. This was a misjudgment and error on our employee’s side, and on behalf of our company, we sincerely apologize.

    This event has never happened to us before when reporting illegal distribution of our materials. Please rest assured that we will redouble our efforts to ensure this never happens again.

    We have requested that Google immediately reinstate this page in their search results, along with our apology to Google as well.

    If we have offended any potential musicians who wished to purchase our best-selling, university verified ear training methods, again, we sincerely apologize. To make it up to you, we would invite you to try our courses at a substantial discount not offered to the general public, valid until the end of this month. Please go here to retrieve your special offer with our apologies:

    http://www.discount-offer.perfectpitch.com

    Again, please accept our sincere regrets for this goof.

    Happy blogging, everyone.

    Sincerely yours,
    Gary Boucherle
    http://www.PerfectPitch.com

    Contact: http://www.PerfectPitch.com/contactus.htm

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