Oro Ex Specialis

PC World reports that Google has filed documents in opposition to a new copyright law in New Zealand in which “Google notes that more than half (57%) of the takedown notices it has received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act 1998, were sent by business targeting competitors and over one third (37%) of notices were not valid copyright claims.”

This is great news. Google obviously is keeping meticulous records of all of its DMCA notices. This is all the more reason in our new national mood of transparency that Google can disclose or even post all of the DMCA notices.

Otherwise Google is committing the fallacy of oro ex specialis, or arguing from secret information. You know, kind of like the tooth fairy.

But of course PC World didn’t flag this, must have been a busy day on the copyright news desk.

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