Here at Ars Technica, we’ve covered up plethora of examples of something overzealous being used for DMCA deactivation notifications, at least. But Sega’s recent removal request for a harmless Steam data tracking site could tip the balance.
As the maker of SteamDB Pavel Djundik Shared on Twitter on MondaySega’s lawyers asked the site and its host to delete a page for Yakuza: Like a dragon. However, the removal requirement states that SteamDB will distribute or link to pirated copies of the game An Archived Copy at a Glance It seems this is not true.
This page, like any other page in SteamDB, simply collects historical data on prices, concurrent triggers, and other statistics from the Steam API and public business pages. Although there is a link above to install the game, that link directs users to Steam itself which is trying to install a legitimate copy if the user has it.
SteamDB does not endorse piracy, does not offer downloads, does not sell keys, and is not affiliated with any websites that conduct these activities. Writes on the Frequently Asked Questions page. “SteamDB only includes the official Steam widget to purchase the game … We consider our website fair use. Please do not send us DMCA removal requests. ”
Djundik says these kind of DMCA bad requests happen once a year on SteamDB and it’s not hard to imagine an overzealous web crawler misidentifying a page of some lawyers trying to deter software pirates. But Djundik says previous problems with a relocation applicant were always resolved quickly. In Sega’s case, Djundik said the company “failed to respond to the first abuse report and sent a new report to the host”.
As such, the SteamDB page is for Yakuza: Like a dragon It has been replaced with the following message: “This page has been deleted because SEGA claims that we are distributing their game here (we don’t).”
Djogendik Overnight follow-up To say that he was in contact with Sega of America which hopefully means this issue should be resolved relatively soon (a Sega representative was not immediately available to respond to a request for comment from Ars Technica). However, the whole story is yet another example of how easily completely non-infringing content can sometimes fall into the DMCA network.