The DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) allows copyright holders to request that infringing material be removed from web sites. Usually, this is done when the copyright holder (or someone working on their behalf) sends a DMCA take-down to the alleged infringer. This is a legal notice asking that the offending content be removed. Sounds like a good idea right? Actually, its a farce. Google, for example, gets a staggering number of take-down requests each week. Torrent Freak has an article which highlights some of the insanity. This includes instances in which copyright holders ask that links to their own legitimate content be removed. Doh! Apparently, Google has been denying more of these requests and making their actions in these matters more transparent.